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2014 Climate Conference


Chef Jay Pierce and Slow Money NC’s Carol Peppe-Hewitt deep in discussion at the conference

On February 7th, 2014, we continued our conversation on how to adapt farming strategies to climate change. The 2nd Annual Farming Adaptation Conference educates and empowers North Carolina farmers on the impacts of climate change on agriculture, climate risk and variability on crops and livestock, and strategies for adapting and reducing vulnerabilities for today and five to ten years down the road.

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Pre-Conference Amuse Bouche – by Gary Simpson

Pre Conference Amuse Bouche – by Annie Huth

Farming Adaptation Conference – by Gary Simpson

Thanks to everyone who helped make our 2nd Annual Farming Adaptation Conference a huge, energizing success! And thanks to everyone who came out to Amuse Bouche and/or the conference to join the conversation on building a more resilient food shed for the future of our NC.

Event Overview:

  • Pre-conference networking event at Fearrington Barn on Feb 6th: Amuse Bouche – a Sampling of Perspectives on Climate Adaptation with NPR’s Frank Stasio
  • Break out sessions for in-depth analysis of specific issue for large scale, medium, and backyard farmers along with foodshed activists.
  • Keynotes Albert Bates and Laura Lengnick.  READ SPEAKER BIOS HERE
  • Local lunch from CCCC Natural Chef Program
  • Open Source Facilitation session led by participants’ concerns and greatest needs

Leaders of a breakout session discussion.


Conference attendees awaiting the next speaker.

Topics Covered:

  • water and weather challenges forecasted for NC
  • tools and techniques used for effective season extension
  • why and how to create a strong regional organic seed system
  • improving water management
  • carbon farming strategies: agroforestry, intensive planned grazing, keyline design
  • challenges of farming in a possible tracking future
  • what climate challenges are occurring around the country and how farmers are adapting
  • opportunities to form small affinity groups to discuss greatest needs

Conference Schedule:
Read the press release from the first Farming Conference:

Farming Strategies in Today’s Changing Climate Conference
Big, bushy eggplants with no fruit, livestock sold prematurely in the face of drought, and declining pollinator populations are some of the challenges facing North Carolina farmers as they adapt to today’s climate.
Demand for locally produced food has never been stronger, but both conventional and sustainable farmers are forced to change their operations in order to operate in today’s conditions… (keep reading)


Mipso, an up and coming local band, played the after party in 2013.


The community college sustainable chef program provides delicious fare for our lunch.

Thanks to all of our Sponsors!

  • Fund 4 Democratic Communities
  • Alphin Design Build
  • Central Carolina Community College
  • Mellow Marsh Farm, Inc.
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Larry’s Beans
  • Slow Money NC
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship
  • NC State University and A&T University Cooperative Extension
  • Center for Environmental Farming Systems
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Whole Foods Market