The Community Resilience Action Network of Erie (CRANE)
would like to say "Thank You" to panelists, presenters,
Erie County Agriculture & Our Climate: The New Normal
Recap: The summit was held at the Tom Ridge Education Center (TREC) at Presque Isle State Park, brought together a broad audience to learn more about how the changes to our climate may be affecting communities and farming in the region, and to share climate resiliency strategies.
Breakout workshops included garden startup and resources, canning and preserving food, urban agriculture and zoning, pest management, and buying local.
In addition, firsthand accounts of “The New Normal” were shared through a panel discussion with Tim Burch, owner of Burch farms, Roberta Dudas, owner of Dudas Farms, Wendy Elliot, owner of Earth and Vine Farm, and Andy Muza, Penn State Extension Educator. All can likely attest to idea that farming is a commitment and a way of life, one that is all too often test Mother Nature.
CRANE members hope that the conversations and educational sessions will encourage participants and the general community to buy locally produced goods from sustainably managed farms. Simply doing so can help farmers combat climate challenges.