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2015 Slow Living #4: Food Entrepreneurship, Laura Lengnick

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PLENARY 4: FOOD ENTREPRENEURSHIP — Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate

Laura Lengnick, Local Food Research Center, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Asheville, NC; with artistic partner, painter Deborah Lazar

As we enter the 21st century, farm and food businesses face novel challenges associated with resource scarcity and climate change. In this session, author Laura Lengnick shares the adaptation stories of 25 award-winning sustainable farmers and ranchers featured in her new book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems For a Changing Climate.  These producers, many of them 3 or 4th generation farmers and ranchers, have managed sustainable businesses producing vegetables, fruits and nuts, grains and livestock products in the same location for at least 25 years. Many, but not all, have experienced increased challenges associated with more variable weather and more frequent and intense weather extremes over the last decade. They explain how they reduce climate risks and increase resilience of their businesses through management practices that improve soil quality and increase biodiversity on their farms and ranches, and capture retail value for their products.


Production Date: 
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 08:00

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