Thursday, February 28th

11am – Climate Projections and Regional Adaptation Strategies

11:45 – Farmer Roundtables

12:30 – Local Lunch

1:30 – New Entrants and New Thinking about Climate

2:15 – Concurrent Workshops

4:30 – Closing

Session Information

Climate Projections and Regional Adaptation Strategies

Foster Richardson will introduce the BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative’s work to develop tools and resources that assist the BC agriculture sector with climate change adaptation. The presentation will provide an overview of regionally specific climate change projections for Vancouver Island, discuss the anticipated impacts on agriculture, and highlight agricultural adaptation projects completed by CAI.

New Entrants and New Thinking about Climate

Now that we know the climate is changing, how does that inform our decisions? This session looks at climate change in four ways: 1) when is climate an immediate factor in future planning; 2) how to be less vulnerable to climate impacts; 3) how to minimize climate related disruptions; and 4) what are the triggers for transitions. Facilitator: Dr. Liese Coulter

Workshop A – Thinking about Water

Part 1 – Efficient Irrigation with Andrew Peterson – The presentation will start with basic water rights. Then discuss why we irrigate and how water is stored and consumed by the crop. Different types of irrigation systems will be discussed and their efficiencies. Drip irrigation will also be discussed  since they are designed differently than sprinkler systems. The talk will end with discussions on irrigation scheduling and water storage capacity requirements for irrigation.

Part 2 – A Keyline Water Management Perspective + Free GIS Tool Demonstration for Water Planning with Tayler Krawczyk  – This session will begin with a brief overview of the ‘keyline design’ system of whole farm planning. We will then explore some of the powerful free online resources we have in the region to better understand soil types, water flow, well capacity, irrigation demand, and landscape topography. We will visit some of the participants’ farms via free online GIS-software and address challenges related to water management.

Workshop B – Getting Prepared: Extreme Weather, Flooding and Fires

Climate projections see longer wetter winters and dryer hotter summers with an increase in extreme weather events and related flooding and wildfires.  Doug Pepper, Regional Agrologist, helped farmers and ranchers in the interior to develop emergency preparedness plans to deal with these types of situations.  He brings his experience to Farmer2Farmer and discusses what to consider and what is involved in being ready for whatever nature has in store.