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Year of the Drought: Farm Tour for Ecology Center Members

Sunday | June 08, 2014 | 8:30 am — 4:30 pm

The drought has been a huge topic of conversation at our weekly Farmers’ Markets. With less water available, farms have changed their plans for this growing season. Certain crops will be less available, and others may have higher prices. If water is more expensive for farms, other costs will be cut. In some cases, land left fallow in a dry year will mean jobs lost for farm workers. How are farmers planning for the long, dry months ahead? If dry years like this one come more often with a changing climate, what can we learn from changes farmers are making this year to better plan for the future?

Ecology Center members are invited to join this special tour of three different types of farms in Sonoma County. We’ll visit Flatland Flower Farm with apple orchards and greenhouse nursery starts, and Quetzal Farm with row crops including dry-farmed tomatoes, and Weirauch Farm, with sheep pastureland and creamer​y​. At all three of these farms, we’ll be hearing how the farmers have adapted to this drought year, and what plans they are making to ensure their farms thrive through future climate-related challenges.

This tour is free for Ecology Center members. A bus will take us to and from Berkeley, and lunch is included. Not a member, but interested in coming on this tour? Sign up for a membership here, and the tour is included along with a full year of other member benefits. You can also contact us to sign up for membership over the phone, or in person. Pre-registration is required.

Location: Meet at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.

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Cost: Free for members; non-members must sign up for membership to participate.
Event Phone: 510-548-2220 x226
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