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Best practices and research on adaptation to climate change is constantly evolving and there are numerous resources online and held in the experiences of farmers who are adapting every day. Cornell’s Climate-smart Farming program identified the following six areas as key strategies for adapting farms to increasing temperatures, increasing precipitation variability and extremes and other impacts, found here. CISA has curated several resources in each area however we recommend that farmers conduct their own research as well.
Enhancing soil health through adaptive management practices is a key component of farm and food system resilience. The resources shared here can guide you to specific practices as well as put you in contact with organizations and programs focused on soil health and climate.
In Massachusetts, climate change is marked not only by higher temperatures but also by unpredictable swings between too much and too little precipitation. The resources listed here will help farmers learn about the efficient use and management of water resources as well as how to respond to flooding and other impacts of increased rainfall.
Farm diversification runs from new enterprises such as agritourism or a farm stand to value-added products or new varieties of crops adapted to a changing climate.The resources listed here can help farms consider different options for diversifying their farms and increasing their resiliency in the face of rapid changes.
As the climate changes, livestock management must change as well. From chickens to cattle, there are many adaptive practices for your livestock operation and the resources listed below provide a look at just a few.
Climate change impacts all part of society and each aspect of your farm’s operation. The planning and management tools listed here can help you approach climate change adaptation from a comprehensive perspective and planning process.
To make a rental reservation, please contact Matthew Karas: (413) 362-4720, or matthewHHCD@gmail.com
Rental fee: $50/day (not including transport days) plus $5/acre
Available for Spring planting, pasture rejuvenation, mid-season interseeding and Fall cover-cropping or double cropping. The 5605 has 12 openers, with a planting width of 5’6″ and 5.5″ row spacing. The transport width is 8′ and weight is 3,900 lbs. Requires 40+HP Tractor.
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Rental fee: $50 holding deposit, then $50 per day plus delivery fee depending on location.
Built in Pennsylvania, the seeder has 5.5″ seed spacing and is equipped with a foam marker. 12 feet long. It has a swing tongue that allows it to fold to 8’8″ for easy road transport. BCD will provide training and support, and will assist with delivery and pickup as needed. Rental agreement required for rental.
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Rental fee: $50/day.
Availability subject to the needs of Atlas Farm. Pick up at Atlas Farm, 635 River Road, Deerfield MA 01342. Renters are responsible for any damage done to the machine and must sign a damage waiver.
For more information about CISA’s Climate Program, contact Stephen Taranto at email@example.com or 413-665-7100, ext. 17.