A New Tool for Farmers in a Changing Climate


By Jamie Robertson, Conservation Geographer, and Heather Cole, Puget Sound Community Relations Manager

Imagine you’re a third-generation farmer in the Puget Sound. You’ve seen changes around your farm for years — neighboring farms disappear to urban sprawl and development, the farm store down the road is gone and it’s hard to get onto your field in the spring to plant your crops because there is still water.

You’re witnessing more rain and wetter fields in the spring, which delays your time to plant your crops and you are battling hotter and drier summers. With all this, how can your farm stay profitable — not just for you but for your kids and their kids?

“Our unusually wet spring left this Donkey searching for forage that was un-submerged. This is just one of many fields that was in similar condition this Spring. The cost to farmers and livestock owners increases because the animals will have to be fed processed hay. This was not a typical year. Does this indicate we should put in additional hay just in case we have another wet spring?” Photo: Julie Allen / 2017 Photovoice.

In 2017, the Snohomish Conservation District chose to tackle this question partly

Original Title: A New Tool for Farmers in a Changing Climate
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