These stories capture farmers’ perceptions of risk from extreme weather events and climate variability in the Northeast, and the practices they are putting in place to adapt to these changes and reduce their GHG emissions.
- Adaptation and Agriculture
July 2014: Various New York farmers and Cornell University researchers discuss observed changes in extreme weather and climate variability on their farms and what can be done to adapt.
- Apple Growers
July 2014: Various apple growers in New York State discuss extreme weather and climate variability impacts on their farms. Producers included in this video include: Rod Farrow, Lamont Fruit Farm, Waterport, NY; Todd Furber, Cherry Lawn Farms, Lake Ontario Region, NY; and David Coene, Windmill Farms, Lake Ontario Region, NY.
- Common Thread Farm
July 2014: Interview with Wendy Burkhart-Spiegel of Common Thread Farm in Madison, NY. Common Thread Farm is a CSA that emphasizes locally-produced food and is committed to the NOFA Organic Farmer’s Pledge.
- Cornell Maple
July 2015: Steve Childs, the NYS Maple Specialist at Cornell Maple located in Ithaca, NY discusses extreme weather, climate variability, and adaptations taken to overcome weather challenges.
- Farming for Energy
July 2014: This video, produced by Conservation Bridge, highlights the importance and benefits of on-farm renewable energy production. Featuring: Don Jensen of Lawnhurst Farms and Chip Bailey of K.C. Orchards.
- Fishkill Farms
Spring 2012: Interview with Mark Doyle, business manager of Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, NY. Fishkill Farms is a small organic orchard that specializes in apple production and is dedicated to sustainable farming practices.
- Hahn Farm
March 2012: Interview with Tom Hahn, owner and operator of Hahn Farm in Salt Point, NY. Hahn Farm began dairy farming in the late 18th century and has since diversified production to include grass-fed beef, vegetables, and more.
- KC Orchards
July 2014: Interview with Chip Bailey of KC Orchards in Williamson, NY. KC Orchards is an apple orchard that is a net-zero energy farm and is committed to growing and harvesting apples sustainably.
- Lawnhurst Farms
July 2014: Interview with Don Jensen of Lawnhurst Farms in Stanley, NY and Jennifer Pronto, a research associate at Cornell University. Lawhurst Farms is a dairy operation that recently installed an anaerobic digester.
- McEnroe Organic Farms
July 2014: Interview with Erich McEnroe of McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, NY. McEnroe Organic Farm is a diversified 1200 acre farm specializing in a commercial compost operation.
- Oechsner Farm
July 2015: Thor Oechsner of Oechsner Farm located in Ithaca, NY discusses extreme weather and climate variability.
- Poughkeepsie Farm Project
July 2014: Interview with Jesica Clark of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project in Poughkeepsie, NY. The Poughkeepsie Farm Project is a CSA, certified naturally grown farm with a strong educational component.
- Six Mile Creek Vineyard
July 2014: Interview with Paul King, farm manager of Six Mile Creek Vineyard in Ithaca, NY. Six Mile Creek Vineyard is a small vineyard in Ithaca started in the 1970s that produces both wine and spirits.
- Stein Farms
July 2014: Interview with Dale Stein of Stein Farms in LeRoy, NY and Bill Verbeten, a Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialist. Stein Farms is an 850 dairy cow farm and field crop producer.
Climate Smart Farming:
From warmer temperatures and heat stress events, to increases in heavy downpours and flooding, and increases in pests, the Climate Smart Farming Video Project tells the stories from a rapidly changing Northeast Region. These stories were produced to support increased understanding of the key impacts from extreme weather and climate change to farmers in the Northeast, and the changes in practices they are adopting to increase resiliency, as well as to save energy and reduce risk. The short video clips are meant to broaden the dialogue on climate change impacts in the agricultural community – including farmers, consultants, educators, landowners, local leaders and policy makers. While the video clips provide a starting point for discussion and outreach with farmers, there are many more stories waiting to be told. We want to hear from you! Contact us to share your story or support the project.
The stories in the Climate Smart Farming Program have been collected with the assistance of many organizations and individuals, including: the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS); Conservation Bridge Program; Cornell Climate Change Program Work Team (PWT); Cornell Cooperative Extension; and CCE Dutchess County. Key individuals who contributed to the project include Allison Chatrchyan, Jim Monahan, Rachel Erlebacher, Dave Wolfe, Joana Chan, Lauren Chambliss, Craig Cramer, Jeffrey Beem-Miller, Jonathan Comstock, Jennifer Pronto, Stephanie Radin, Jacob Sackett, Bill Verbeten, and Zywia Wojnar.