Farmers on the fronT lines of climate change
The CO-VID 19 pandemic is but the latest in the mounting evidence that human behavior is altering the healthy functioning of our natural systems.
As perhaps society's closest observers of these troubling alterations—and our first responders to them—our farmers have deep wisdom and hands-on expertise to share as we seek to restore those systems to health. Beginning In the early weeks of the pandemic in New York, we saw ever more intricate and effective food delivery systems emerging from Hudson Valley farming networks. Those networks continue to innovate ways to meet the needs of our urban, suburban, and rural communities. If we needed proof that our farmers stand ready to deliver in times of crisis, we have that proof now.
Here we lift up the voices of those farmers as they advocate for a prominent seat at the policymaking table as we grapple with the collateral damage of the Age of the Anthropocene—the intertwining challenges of climate change, pandemics, and species collapse that threaten our food system and humanity's future on Planet Earth.
A veteran farmer shares his wisdom on climate change resiliency and transitioning ownership
“Whatever our age or experience,” Sandy says, every farmer wakes up and faces the same challenges. "We can learn things from the next generation of farmers and they can learn things from us," he reflects.
Frost Valley Farm Manager & President, Greater Catskills Young Farmers Coalition
Bari Zeiger reports that small farmers bring a distinctive knowledge base and value system to farming and should be acknowledged and rewarded for the contributions they can make to climate change resilience.