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Flooded farmland

Climate change or extreme weather?

Whatever you want to call it, there is no doubt that Vermont is experiencing change. So what should we do? Mitigate and adapt.

Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group


Vermont Agricultural Resilience in a Changing Climate

This long-term initiative works with farmers, agricultural service providers, researchers and community organizations to address the impacts of climate change in Vermont and the Northeast region. This project focuses on evaluating and implementing on-farm climate change mitigation and adaptation practices. In partnership with farmers, we are identifying the best strategies related to climate change mitigation and adaptation for the Vermont Landscape, and evaluating the impact of these strategies on the economic health of farms, their environmental quality, and their preservation. Our work also involves and informs state and federal level policymakers, particularly through our partnership with the USDA Northeast Regional Climate Hub.

We work with collaborating University of Vermont researchers and extension staff from the Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Northeast Crops and Soils Program, Community Development and Applied Economics, and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The UVM research team is comprised of the following members: V. Ernesto Mendez, Plant & Soil Science; Stephanie Hurley, Plant & Soil Science; David Conner, Community Development & Applied Economics; Chris Koliba, Community Development & Applied Economics; Asim Zia, Community Development & Applied Economics; Linda Berlin, Nutrition & Food Sciences and Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Heather Darby, Extension; Carol Adair, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources.

This Participatory Action Research (PAR) project is grounded in and advanced by developing partnerships with Vermont farmers, VT NRCS, the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, policy makers, funders, and farm service providers. Support for this project has been provided by various sources within UVM including the Department of Plant & Soil Science Department, the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the UVM Food Systems Spire. Additional funding for the project has been provided by the USDA Northeast Regional Climate Hub, the Vermont Community Foundation and the High Meadows Fund.

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