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Cultivating Resilience Tour

I think film is one way I can be part of conversations we all need to have around climate resilience, and to maybe showcase a bit of a day we shared, filming on a sunny farm, eating sweet strawberries and telling stories in the time of climate change. I produced this (and more to come), but so many people help make the Climate Listening Project. To know these people and experience time traveling, collaborating, seeing, listening, sharing makes me feel hopeful and alive.

Thank you to all the partners and collaborators who have connected and supported the Climate Listening Project platform for conversations on climate resilience. We are continuing with an effort to listen to conversations on climate and community and to tell the story of how the stories are being told.

We traveled throughout the Southeast visiting farmers, faith leaders and regular people who are talking about climate change on a local level - farmer to farmer, at church, among co-workers and at home.

This short video clip from our Climate Listening Project journey is just a short introduction to our Cultivating Resilience series on food and agriculture - listening to how sharing local knowledge enhances community capacity for innovation and cultivates climate resilience.

Ken and Maple Spring Gardens are featured by Climate Listening Project expert adviser Laura Lengnick, in her new book, "Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate" from New Society Publishers. (p. 151-156)

In the book, Laura presents resilience as the ability of a system to cope with disturbances of all kinds in ways that still maintain the system's identity. She features stories from farmers in all of the United States climate zones, that have been farming for many years. All of the producers featured manage "diversified production systems that exhibit high functional and response diversity to changing ecological and social conditions." (p. 288)

She presents resilience criteria from diversity to cooperation and profitability with indicators that include family health, jobs and more and talks about how agricultural resilience and general resilience are very similar, face similar challenges and offer similar benefits of adaptive capacity. (p. 284-287)

It was an honor to be on tour with Laura, meeting and interviewing several of the farmers featured in her book. We heard from a vegetable and fruit grower, a dairy farmer and a rancher and will be sharing stories as part of the Cultivating Resilience series. Read more:

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