Jul 9, 2024
UNH Extension offers climate resilience educational sessions

The University of New Hampshire Extension, in collaboration with the NH Vegetable and Berry Growers Association (NHVGBA), is hosting a series of educational sessions aimed at helping farmers adapt to climate change. These sessions focus on practical strategies for mitigating the effects of extreme weather and improving farm resilience.

The first session, “Physically Protecting Your Crops,” will take place on July 16, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Spring Ledge Farm, located at 37 Main St, New London, NH. This event will cover efficiency improvements and technology add-ons for controlled environments such as high and low tunnels and netted structures. Attendees will learn about strategies to protect crops from extreme heat and wind. Spring Ledge Farm, known for its early adoption of energy-efficient technologies, will share insights on advancing technology and improving farm efficiencies. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will also present programs available for energy conservation and technology upgrades. This session offers 2.0 pesticide recertification credits.

The second session, “Resilience Against Extreme Weather,” is scheduled for August 20, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Wilson Farm, 144 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, NH. This session will provide concrete actions for preparing farms for floods, droughts, and extreme heat, including an introduction to emergency management planning. Wilson Farm will discuss their experiences with staff training and collaboration with local emergency response teams to ensure readiness for unexpected disasters. This session also offers 2.0 pesticide recertification credits.

“These sessions are designed to provide farmers with actionable solutions to enhance their climate resilience,” said Olivia Saunders, Extension Specialist at UNH. “We encourage farmers to take advantage of these opportunities to learn from their peers and experts in the field.”

For more information, contact Olivia Saunders.