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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Farming Strategies in Today's Changing Climate

Farming Strategies in Today's Changing Climate

"Everybody always talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it" - Mark Twain

February 8, 2013 @ CCCC, Pittsboro campus, we are going to do something about it!

The Abundance Foundation in collaboration with CCCC, CFSA, CEFS, RAFI, ALBC, Chatham County Cooperative Extension, and the NC Strawberry Association is holding the first of its kind, one day conference.

Farmers of all types, Agricultural Scientists, and Agricultural Advocates are encouraged to register for the Farming Strategies in Today's Changing Climate conference to begin demystifying our extreme climate changes and begin solving and adapting to the challenges that lie ahead of us as we strengthen our local foodshed.

For registration information, schedule and break out leaders:
http://theabundancefoundation.org/events/farming-strategies-in-todays-changing-climate

Schedule of the Day:
8.00-8.30 am - Registration, Coffee, Local Food
8.30am - CCCC & Abundance Welcome & Introduce
8.40am - Keynotes: Dr. Laura Lengnick, Warren Wilson College & Dr. Ryan Boyles, State Climatologist

9.45-11.00am - Session One Vulnerability Assessment
Room 1: Annual Crops Presenters: Ken Dawson + Dr. John O’Sullivan + Gary Phillips + Scribe
Room 2: Livestock Presenters: Tucker Withington + Dr. Steve Washburn + McCayne Miller(Facilitator) + Alison Martin (Scribe)
Room 3: Perennial Crops Presenters: Bountiful Backyards + Dr. Gina Fernandez + Facilitator + Eliza DuBose (scribe)

11:15am-12:45pm - Session Two Managing Uncertainty & Risk with Solutions (soil, water, pest, temp) (the What We Know)
Room 1: Annual Crops Presenters: Debbie Roos + Dr. Frank Louws + Alex Hitt + Gary Phillips + Scribe
Room 2: Livestock Presenters: Tandy Jones + Dr. Jean-Marie Luginbuhl + McCayne Miller (Facilitator) + Scribe
Room 3: Perennial Crops Presenters: Wynn Dinnsen + Dr. Mark Megalos + Facilitator + Scribe

1:00-2:00 pm - Local Lunch by CCCC’s Natural Chef Culinary Program:
LUNCH MENU
Lily Den Chicken & Chatham County Vegetable Stir Fry (vegan option, too!)
Local Greens Salad
Chatham Honey Carrots (vegan & gluten free options)
Sweet Potato Pie (vegan & gluten free options)
*Lunch procured within 50 mile radius
Lunch Speaker: Chef Jay Pierce of Lucky 32

2:15-3:45 pm - Session Three Research Needs, Resource Needs, and Next Steps
Room 1: Annual Crops Presenters: Cathy Jones + Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton + Gary Phillips(Facilitator)+ Scribe
Room 2: Livestock Presenters: Charles Sydnor + Researcher/Technical Advisor + McCayne Miller(Facilitator) + Scribe
Room 3: Perennial Crops Presenters: Chris Rumbley + James Robinson + Facilitator + Laura Lauffer (Scribe)

4-4.30 pm - Closing with Facilitators Reporting Out and Summarizing
*Research Projects Announced
*Local Solutions Task Force formed
4.30pm-6.30pm Apr├Ęs Event Conviviality @ Piedmont Biofuels and Biofarm (220 Lorax Lane, Pittsboro, NC) with beer donated by Carolina Brewery and heavy hors d’oeuvres donated by Slow Money NC

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