Resilient Agriculture in the Press

Montana State University College of Education, Health and Human Development, College of Agriculture and Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems program will host national sustainable food systems specialist Laura Lengnick April 5-6. On Tuesday, April 5, Lengnick will present two seminars on climate and agriculture. “Is Sustainable Agriculture Climate-Ready?” will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. in MSU’s Reid Hall, room 103. The second, “Climate Change, Resilience and the Future of Food,” will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture, 111 South Grand Ave. MSU News Service


"This is Acres U.S.A.not a book composed of brisk summaries and sweeping statements.  Laura Lengnick gets into the weeds without delay, devoting the first 100-odd pages to laying out the particulars of sensitivity and adaptability that affect farms buffeted by rapid changes in weather patterns.  Given the size and complexity of the phenomena under discussion — as well as masses of fresh data being collected all the time — it’s something like a thumbnail sketch. But it’s an impressively detailed, lucid and well-organized introduction to a topic that could easily fill several volumes." Fighting Climate Change with Resilience by Chris Walters, Acres U.S.A. Magazine, April 2016


"Lengnick gets down to bedrock in her wrap-up section, “New Times, New Tools: Managing for Resilience.” Her key qualities and considerations of resilient systems—some of which are more familiar to sustainable farmers than others—are worth deeply examining as we together move through the uncertain, disturbing and unexpected effects on food production." Book Blends Latest Science on Climate Change with Farmers' Experience by Audrey Arner, Organic Broadcaster, Moses Organic and Sustainable Education Service, November 2015


See original image"How do we feed a growing world when the way we eat fuels climate change? Laura Lengnick, Ph.D., will explore some answers to this question during a presentation titled “Climate Change, Resilience and the Future of Food,” Climate Change, Resilience and the Future of Food by Unity College, October 2015


See original imageResilience requires us to see with new eyes, to ask different kinds of questions, to embrace uncertainty, and to find opportunity in change,” writes local author Laura Lengnick in her new book Resilient Agriculture."  Sustainability: Cultivating Climate Resilience by Dayna Reggero,  The Laurel of Asheville, October 2015


HuffPost Green"This must watch short film is something we should all look at because it's about the food we eat and how it's being affected by climate change. The difference with these example are the solutions provided to solve our problems. That's the excitement about our real future." Climate Listening Project Film on Sustainable Agriculture Premiered with Praise During Climate Week by Seth Leitman, Huffington Post, September 2015


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"Increasingly volatile weather patterns are prompting farmers around the country to figure out ways to adapt their operations—regardless of whether they see unstable conditions as a sign of climate change or not.  "When I started this project, I was asking farmers about climate change and wasn't getting any response," says Laura Lengnick, an agronomist and former professor at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. "I realized I needed to be asking them about weather, not climate change. And so I changed my questions and they started talking."Agriculture: Adapting To Conditions by Kate Whittle, Missoula Independent, September 2015


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"The Environmental Studies Brown Bag lecture series featured two local food producers: Carrie Blackmore (’08) , president of Good Nature Brewing, a local farm brewery, and Wendy Burkhart-Spiegel, co-owner of Common Thread Community Farm, a local farm operated on the community supported agriculture (CSA) model. Joined by guest speaker Dr Laura Lengnick, the panelists talked about the challenges facing local food producers." Scenes from the Local Food Cultures: Traditions and Futures Event by Chris Henke, September 2015



See original image"Lengnick’s visionary volume – Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate – is a direct response to the climate realities of today. Her survey of actualities and possibilities offers a deep and wide-ranging assessment of what is needed to respond intelligently." Farms and Food in an Era of Climate Change by Steven McFadden, Resilience, August 2015



See original imageThe consequence of that change is an agricultural system where weather disruptions such as drought impact the entire national foodshed, says Laura Lengnick, a local author and former Warren Wilson College professor who works with the climate resilience consulting firm Fernleaf Solutions. “When you have so much concentrated production in one area, you open yourself up to disturbances,” Lengnick explains. “It’s not a resilient system because if something happens in that one area, the entire U.S. food supply is affected.”  Resilient farming systems: How local foodsheds can brace for climate change by Jane Morrell, Mountain Xpress, July 2015


See original image"The case for using "climate instability" as a more useful term [than global warming] was made by Laura Lengnick in a presentation at the Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, Vermont. Instability in the climate leads directly to instability in food systems and ecosystems in general." Connect the Dots: Climate Instability and the Role of Food Systems in Today's World by Amos Baehr, The Charlotte News, July 2015


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"Lengnick interviewed founding PFI member Ron Rosmann, who is reporting more heavy rainfall and extreme weather, particularly extreme temperature swings in winter, more wind and a longer growing season." Hail, Giant Ragweed and More: One Farm's Work on Resiliency by Teresa Opheim, The Practical Blog, Practical Farmers of Iowa, July 2015



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"As I read Resilient Agriculture I was struck by the many good ideas from farmers and growers for reducing the risks of climate change on our livelihood." Farmer to Farmer Tips for Dealing with Climate Change by Pam Dowling, Sustainable Market Farming, July 2015

"Resilient Agriculture is far from a doom-and-gloom book. Nor is it a “Blame Industry/Government” tome. It is a very practical and constructive aid to successful sustainable farming." Book Review by Pam Dowling, Sustainable Market Farming, June 2015




See original image"No matter where you live, climate change is affecting the cost, quality, and availability of the foods that you enjoy," Lengnick said. But even with a warming planet, all is not doom and gloom.  "The data on climate change can be scary. It is certainly sobering," said Lengnick, whose work was published this month by New Society. "But there is a positive message in agriculture that we can mitigate the effects of climate change and enhance our resilience."  Vanishing Fruits, Veggies: Could Climate Change What We Eat? by Dale Neal, Asheville Citizen-Times, April 2015


See original image''Laura Lengnick's new book, Resilient Agriculture, looks beyond reductive and sometimes divisive labels like "local" and "organic" and instead begins exploring what a truly resilient food system might look like."  Local Food is Not Enough. We Need Resilient Agriculture by Sami Grover, Mother Nature Network, April 2015


"Laura Lengnick and Dayna Reggero join co-hosts Michelle Smith and Ned Ryan Doyle for an in-depth conversation about the Climate Listening Project. Talking about the climate issues and challenges we face is the first step in developing strategies and tools for resilience in our communities, sustainable business models and adapting to the changes we can see coming." Part 1  Part 2, Our Southern Community with Michelle Smith and Ned Ryan Doyle, November 2014


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" In Pittsboro last month, about 150 farmers and a handful of food activists gathered to share ideas about how to counter the effects of extreme weather.  "A key part is the creativity of farmers," Laura Lengnick, a professor of sustainable agriculture and environmental studies at Warren Wilson College."  The Heat is On: The Link Between Climate Change and the Food on Your Plate by Lisa Sorg, Indy Week, March 2013



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"My introduction to the current climate risks dramatically changed my thinking—as an agricultural scientist, as a professor of sustainable agriculture, and also as an administrator working to develop a college-wide sustainability curriculum. I could no longer simply teach about the science and politics of global warming and mitigation. I began to search for ways to introduce the concepts of climate vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience into my curriculum and into campus sustainability programs. This new awareness of climate change also motivated me to find a way to learn more about the relationship between agriculture and climate change." Climate Change, Resilience and the Future of Food by Laura Lengnick, WNC Woman Magazine, April 2015


"See original imageAgriculture is particularly vulnerable to climate change effects because of the crucial role that weather plays in the growth of plants and animals. The highly specialized and regionalized nature of the U.S. food system means that no matter where you live, climate change is affecting the cost, quality, and availability of the foods that you enjoy." Climate Change on Your Plate by Laura Lengnick, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, May 2014


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