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3rd Annual Climate Adaptation Conference for Farmers

February 6, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

$25 – $35

Abundance NC’s Climate Change Adaptation Conference for Farmers grew out of a need for education and support of our local farmers, who have been in distress due to the extreme weather challenges they’ve been facing in the last several years. This was an innovative and first of its kind conference that draws powerful speakers and has sold out each year.

Registration for the full-day Conference on Friday is only $25 for farmers and students, and $35 for researchers and activists until January 30th.

The pre-conference “Amuse Bouche” on February 5th, the night before the conference, is open to the public, and tickets are only $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Appetizers and drinks followed by a panel discussion about climate adaptation efforts around the world at the community scale.

There will also be an Innovative Farm Bus Tour on February 5th from 1-5:30, for $35.

During the conference, farmers chat with scientists and researchers, as well as other farmers. This is a chance for NC farmers to put their hands on the pens and democratize agricultural policy on a local level.  It is the growers, the researchers, the activists, and the eaters who will make successful adaptation possible. Because of the urgency and importance of tackling climate change now, all of us are being called upon to “stretch” — to challenge ourselves to change how we do things. Passing knowledge along at events like this conference is one way to do it.

Special thanks to our partner, Central Carolina Community College
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Conference Schedule:

THURSDAY, February 5th:
•  Innovative Farm Tour led by Will Hooker. Hop on the bus on February 5th, 1-5pm – leaving from Fearrington Village!
•  Pre-conference networking event at Fearrington Barn on Feb 5th, 6-8:30pmAmuse Bouche – a Sampling of Perspectives on Climate Adaptation, a panel hosted by NPR’s Frank Stasio
FRIDAY, February 6th:

Climate Adaptation Conference at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in Pittsboro on Feb 6th, 8am-4pm: Break out sessions for in-depth analysis of specific issue for large scale, medium, and backyard farmers along with foodshed activists.

•  Keynote: Peter Bane, a permaculture teacher and site designer who has published and edited Permaculture Activist magazine for over 20 years. He helped create Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina, and is now pioneering suburban farming in Bloomington, Indiana. Peter is the author of The Permaculture Handbook. Other speakers listed on Speakers Page. READ SPEAKER BIOS HERE

•  Local lunch from CCCC Natural Chef Program
•  Open Source Facilitation session based on participants’ concerns and greatest needs. Action items and speakers talking about the 5 year plan.2015 Speaker Bios are here
•  After-Conference Mixer at the Pittsboro Roadhouse in Pittsboro from 4-7 PM

Special thanks to our Partners and Sponsors:

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