We had a great discussion at the July meeting of the Whidbey Island Growers Association. The topic was Agricultural Resiliency and Climate Change and featured three excellent speakers:
Bennett LaFond, Snohomish Conservation District
Eli Wheat, SkyRoot Farm, Organic Farm School, and faculty in the Program on the Environment at the University of Washington
Jake Stewart, Sweetwater Farm
Bennett shared the Snohomish Conservation District’s Ag Resiliency Plan and Climate Impacts Assessment Tools and discussed the community process that created the plan. Then we heard from local farmers Eli Wheat and Jake Stewart with thoughts and discussion on agricultural resiliency for Whidbey farms.
Resources from the discussion
The Whidbey Island Growers Association is sponsored by WSU Extension Island County and the Whidbey Island Conservation District. Monthly meetings are the first Monday of each month and are open to all who support local agriculture and food systems. Contact Loren Imes (WSU) or Shannon Bly (WICD) with questions and comments, or visit www.whidbeycd.org/agricultural-community.html to learn more.
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