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6/21/2016 - Exploring Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Connecticut Farms and Gardens

MEDIA RELEASE: June 21, 2016, Southbury, CT

Exploring Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Connecticut Farms and Gardens

On June 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Southbury Town Hall Room 205, Conservation Scientist, Kip Kolesinskas, will be presenting a workshop for the benefit of Farmers and Gardeners to better understand the challenges & opportunities of climate change. The discussion will cover how to cope with drought, heat stress, excessive moisture, longer growing seasons, unpredictable weather and changes in pest pressure. Impacts to other regions and our food system will be briefly discussed. Participants will also learn about State and Federal programs and information that can help them adapt, including conservation programs. Examples of successful adaptation strategies currently used on a Connecticut vegetable farm will be presented. A Q & A session will allow us time to share experiences and techniques, and suggest new areas for research, assistance, and education.

Mr. Kolesinskas’s current projects include assisting agencies, NGO’s, and private individuals with farmland protection, land access and affordability for new and beginning farmers, farmland restoration, and climate change adaptation strategies. He is a member of the Working Lands Alliance Steering Committee, and the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality. He served on the agricultural adaptation subcommittee for the Connecticut Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change. Formerly USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist for Connecticut and Rhode Island, where he worked extensively with farmers, educators, government and nonprofits to help them protect farmland and wetlands, and use soils information to make better informed land use decisions. Kip received an A.A.S. in Plant Science from SUNY Cobleskill, a B.S. in Soil Science from Cornell University, and completed additional coursework at Texas A&M and Lancaster University and Schumacher College in the UK.

The presentation is sponsored by the Southbury Agricultural Committee. For additional information, please contact Vivian Templeton at 203-264-5724.