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Welcome

What you'll find here

 

Haga clic aquí para ver en español.

To view this page in Spanish, click here.

This is a collective effort to provide relevant resources about farming and ranching in a changing climate in Spanish for Oregonians. There’s a little bit here for everyone–are you growing your own food or growing for your community? We’ve got you. Are you working the land at the scale of growing for grocery stores and beyond? There’s something for you here too. 

 

Information is powerful and so is community–so we’ve provided Oregon organizations that provide support to the agricultural community in Spanish. 

 

Thank you to the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) for their partnership in creating and translating this resource page.

FARMING FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE:

COMMUNITY HEALTH & SOIL HEALTH

Farming for Climate Resilience Fits All Farms. It’s Rooted in Soil Health and Community Health.

 

When we talk about farming for climate resilience, it is not about doing things one way. Farming for climate resilience requires looking at the whole farm and choosing from a menu of land management options. Each farm and ranch, with its unique geography, ecosystem, and management needs can find solutions that work for their farm. 

Community Health

Climate resilience is also about understanding the impacts of a changing climate on farms and the people working in our new climate extremes. In the future, it is expected that our changing climate in Oregon means we will experience more droughts and wildfires. More of our precipitation will be rain versus snow. During our summers we’ll see more days that are hot, and it will get hotter on those days. We will also have warmer nights.

Soil Health

A good place to start looking at making a farm more resilient to extreme weather events is to see how the four principles of soil health can be best applied where you are: 

  1. Keep the soil covered

  2. Minimize soil disturbance and inputs

  3. Maximize biodiversity

  4. Maintain Living Roots

 

Management practices that address these principles include:​

  • no till and reduced tillage

  • cover cropping

  • compost application (or other organic amendments like biochar)

  • mulching

  • rotational grazing

  • crop rotation

  • integrated pest and nutrient management

  • agroforestry practices, such as: silvopasture, riparian plantings, alley cropping and hedgerows  

 

These practices not only build healthier soils, they improve water holding capacity and filtration on farms, sequester carbon and better adapt to a fast-changing climate. 

 

​This resource provides a good overview of these different practices and their benefits. 

 

Additional resilience approaches include: localized (on-farm) renewables, irrigation modernization, alternative manure management, and other innovative practices.

 

The Future is Built On History

We recognize these practices and principles are not new. We want to acknowledge the significant historic and current contributions to this work by Indigenous, Black, Latino and other People of Color farmers. A future of farming for soil health depends on increasing access to land to these farmers and creating a more just, equitable food system as a whole.

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COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IS CLIMATE RESILIENCE

Oregon Organizations that provide agricultural education in Spanish and serve latino/hispanic Oregonians interested in growing food

SPANISH LANGUAGE RESOURCES ON SOIL HEALTH AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE

 

The Basics of Soil Health

Going Deeper: Beyond the Basics of Soil Health

 

Preparación frente a Desastres

WHERE COMMUNITY HEALTH, SOIL HEALTH & CLIMATE RESILIENCE CONNECT

 

This web resource page is a collective effort and OrCAN’s partner on developing this resource page, the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) works to protect community and environmental health and inspire the use of ecologically sound solutions to reduce the use of pesticides. But, as the climate changes, rising temperatures leave crops vulnerable to pests and the dominant response has been to apply more pesticides. 

 

We also recognize that underserved rural communities are at the front lines of our changing climate and pesticide exposure. They are increasingly vulnerable to heat and smoke waves, and are not provided the necessary tools to protect themselves. 

 

The following links are resources to help us navigate the world of pesticides, its alternatives and little things we can do to start living a healthier life, protecting our communities and the planet. 

NCAP RESOURCES

 

Introductory Information:

Pesticide exposure and protection:

Sustainable Management of Your Garden or Field:

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