Farmers must keep a steady eye on the weather, so climate change isn’t a new issue for them. Willow Vale Farm’s Jesica Clark will describe how climate change impacts seasonal weather events and the farm ecosystem. Then she’ll discuss what she’s doing to prepare for and mitigate these impacts on her land. The lecture will conclude with a brainstorming session on future strategies that could be developed as we learn more about how climate change affects man-made ecosystems. Be prepared to think critically about how each strategy might add to, or subtract from, the triple bottom line (social, environmental, financial).
Jesica Clark is the owner and operator of Willow Vale Farm in Stanfordville (Dutchess County). With 14 years of experience in farming and a background in the sciences, she considers herself not an expert, but an enthusiastic experimenter. Her farm is part of a small homestead and is managed as a no-till, mulched vegetable garden with perennial borders. With climate change in mind, she is striving to set up her gardens to be resilient, full of life and financially productive.