Welcome to the OrCAN blog!
A blog for the community that’s interested in farming for climate resilience.
Thank you to all of OrCAN’s supporters. We’ve spent the past year in conversation with many of you. We’ve been listening. Listening to farmers, ranchers, Oregon NRCS, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, OSU Faculty and Extension and our non-profit colleagues. Thank you for asking the big questions with us: What does a resilient farm economy that mitigates climate change in Oregon look like? What is happening in Oregon to make this vision a reality? How do we prepare for climate change in 2021?
We’re not going to stop these conversations. But it’s time to share what we’re finding!
Visit our blogs to:
Read farm profiles highlighting what farming for climate resilience looks like in Oregon and beyond
Learn about the latest in climate and soil science and agriculture
Stay up to date on the latest in Oregon policy at the intersection of climate and agriculture
See what we’re watching, listening to, and reading…
What's in the OrCAN Pipeline?
At OrCAN we are learning about emerging markets that seek to pay farmers for stewarding the land. We're also learning about cover cropping in Oregon, healthy soils policy across the nation, debates on quantifying soil carbon sequestration, the benefits of managed grazing, dry farming and about agrovoltaics. We’re exploring how to bridge the communication divide between policy makers and farmers on the ground, between urban and rural. We’re interested in exploring Land Back and we’re interested in what this equation: racial justice = climate justice looks like in the context of Oregon agriculture.
And... like one of our favorite ag journalists, Sarah Mock, we’re interested in supporting the work of artists, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color artists “who are looking at the intersection of farming, food, people, nature and land," says Mock,
“Why? Because we live the stories we tell, and that holds true for farming in particular. Part and parcel of growing farms differently is finding new ways to see, hear, feel, and understand them. Investing in different stories, told through books, art, movies, music, everything— is a vital (and often overlooked) part of change-making in the food system.”
Please share with us what you’re reading and listening to. Bring us your questions big and small. Thank you for being part of this community—we’re looking forward to the conversations to come.