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Pre-Conference Amuse Bouche – Photos by Gary Simpson

Pre Conference Amuse Bouche – Photos by Annie Huth

Farming Adaptation Conference – Photos by Gary Simpson


Thanks from the entire Abundance staff…

to everyone who helped make our 2nd Annual Farming Adaptation Conference a huge, energizing success! And thanks to everyone who came out to Amuse Bouche and/or the conference to join the conversation on building a more resilient food shed for the future of our NC!

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In the fall of 2012, Pittsboro farmer Laurie Heise called the Abundance Foundation with a question. She asked, “How do I prepare for climate change on my small, diversified farm?” Abundance didn’t have an answer. So the Abundance staff started calling around and in doing so we found we were not alone. It seemed many farmers, thinkers and organizations were themselves wondering the same thing.


credit: Gary Simpson

The idea for a conference was born.

Over 140 farmers, researchers and activists convened at the 1st conference if its kind, Farming Strategies for Today’s Changing Climate, in February 2013 in Pittsboro, NC. Farmers shared observations of increases in unpredictable and extreme weather events, greater heat and drought causing early bloom drop, reduced fruit production and an environment that was more difficult for farm workers.


credit: Mitchell Louws

During the conference, farmers chat with scientists and researchers, as well as other farmers. This is a chance for NC farmers to put their hands on the pens and democratize agricultural policy on a local level.

It is the growers, the researchers, the activists, and the eaters who will make successful adaptation possible. All of us are being called upon to “stretch,” or to challenge ourselves to change how we do things. Passing knowledge along at events like this conference is one way to do it.

On February 7th, 2014, we continue our conversation on how to adapt farming strategies to climate change. The 2nd Annual Farming Adaptation Conference educates and empowers North Carolina farmers on the impacts of climate change on agriculture, climate risk and variability on crops and livestock, and strategies for adapting and reducing vulnerabilities for today and five to ten years down the road.

Event Overview:

  • Pre-conference networking event at Fearrington Barn on Feb 6th: Amuse Bouche – a Sampling of Perspectives on Climate Adaptation
  • Break out sessions for in-depth analysis of specific issue for large scale, medium, and backyard farmers along with foodshed activists.
  • Keynotes Albert Bates and Laura Lengnick. READ SPEAKER BIOS HERE
  • Local lunch from CCCC Natural Chef Program
  • Open Source Facilitation session led by participants’ concerns and greatest needs

Topics Covered:

  • water and weather challenges forecasted for NC
  • tools and techniques used for effective season extension
  • why and how to create a strong regional organic seed system
  • improving water management
  • carbon farming strategies: agroforestry, intensive planned grazing, keyline design
  • challenges of farming in a possible tracking future
  • what climate challenges are occurring around the country and how farmers are adapting
  • opportunities to form small affinity groups to discuss greatest needs

Conference Schedule:


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