My climate change plan: foster community

Casey distributes CSA shares. By Casey Holland, Red Tractor Farm Last season was different. A noticeable shift. And based on what I’ve heard from other farmers, they’ve noticed it too. A term that describes what’s happening is on our tongues: climate change. It is impacting our plans for next season as well as our outlook for the future. My plans will be based on which crops I’ve seen do the best last season with an awareness... Read More

When the heat doesn’t stop: adapting to climate change

By Casey Holland, Red Tractor Farm Heat. Some of the most intense heat you’ve ever felt. 100 degrees and climbing; sweat dripping out of every pore. In mid-July, I looked at the weather report and realized it would be 100+ all week. The heat had already lasted a month. The fields didn’t look much better than the heat felt. The plants were clearly stressed despite all the water they were getting. Nothing does well in that kind of heat. It... Read More

September News: Climate Justice, Food Safety News, and Land Access Training

It’s officially fall  — we hope you’re catching your breath in the fields and watching the new season edge its way in.  The FDA just released a new draft of Food Safety rules and significant improvements were made. The agency certainly listened, but we’ll need your help to ensure that the final rules work for local farms. Read more about this campaign, NYFC at the People’s Climate March, our work to make farmland... Read More

Iowa Farm Poll Shows Farmers’ Perspectives on Climate Change, Other Issues

One of the most significant sources of information about farmers’ thoughts on current issues, the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, has just been released.  This poll, conducted by the Iowa State University Extension Service, surveyed more than 1,000 Iowa farmers on a wide range of issues key to agriculture policies.  The poll found that nearly seven in 10 farmers believed that climate change was occurring, although within this group the farmers... Read More

Report links food security, climate change, social justice

A new report released by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation and the Center for Food Safety explores the vital links between climate change, food security, and social justice.  It begins by discussing the effects of climate change on farmland, and how those effects  can potentially be mitigated.  The report cites a recent World Bank report’s findings that current agricultural practices are responsible for more than 30 percent of global... Read More