'As If You Were There' | 360° Demonstrations

UVM research team
Project Status
Ongoing
Partner(s)
University of Delaware

This growing network of climate-informed demonstration sites is designed to take you to the field and make you feel 'As If You Were There.'

Field tours are a powerful teacher because they are an ideal way to see how farm and forestry practices work in the real world. Consider the experiences of others who are dealing with and adapting to increasing rainfall intensity and other weather and climate risks in the Northeast. Meet the people who are addressing these issues in our region, and learn more about practical strategies to adapt to climate change. The USDA Northeast Climate Hub partnered with University of Delaware, and other USDA and land grant collaborators in our region to showcase these existing farm and forest sites. The innovative 360° photography and videos offer an interactive experience. Visit from any device for virtual learning and discovery. Leave your field boots behind and prepare to experience adaptation actions as if you were there.

  • Maine is a state known for its long, cold winters and short growing season, but changes in climate are disrupting this norm. Many growers across the state have already started to experience the trend towards longer growing seasons. Slightly warmer summers and slightly milder winters may provide new opportunities, but can also come with a cost.

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  • Crops and their pollinators are being affected by increasing temperatures. Researchers at West Virginia University are studying the effects and are looking for ways to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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  • Penn State University researchers are studying cropping systems that can make dairy farming more sustainable in the face of a changing climate.

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  • A small-scale agroforestry system addresses pests, weeds, drought, and erosion in a diverse orchard.

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  • Research at dairy farms in Vermont shows how management practices can affect water quality, economics, and greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Discover how farmers can adapt to climate change by managing insect pests and growing new crops and varieties.

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  • The University of Massachusetts is leading the way in sustainability by growing food at five permaculture gardens on campus. The gardens educate students and the public about sequestering carbon and building resiliency to climate change.

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  • At the University of Delaware's Warrington Irrigation Research Farm in Harbeson, Delaware, researchers are improving irrigation to boost crop yields and manage soil and water resources.

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  • To deal with their organic wastes, Cornell is using slow pyrolysis to create biochar, and also composting. Both can be used as soil amendments and to sequester carbon.

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  • Rutgers University helps partners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, build a living shoreline along the Delaware Bay shore to reduce the impacts of future storms.

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  • The University of the District of Columbia showcases an urban food hub at the East Capitol Urban Farm and helps address food security issues that will continue to be challenged under changing climate conditions.

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  • Conducting research and outreach on high tunnel production, use of cover crops, and crop insurance to help farmers adapt.

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  • Angus Glen Farms demonstrates silvopasturing. This agroforestry practice blends the sustainable production of livestock, forage, and trees on the same land.

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  • The U.S. Forest Service is working with partners to restore a spruce ecosystem in the Monongahela National Forest. The Lambert area had previously been mined. The community wants to consider the changing climate during restoration.

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  • The Dickinson College Farm demonstrates silvopasture management and adaptive management techniques.

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  • The U.S. Forest Service is building stewardship on the Rockaways Peninsula in New York City. By using urban forestry principles, the community is learning what it takes to adapt to the changing climate.

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  • Experimenting with climate adaptation strategies in response to forest health challenges at Providence's Scituate Reservoir.

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  • Rebuilding Worcester's urban forest with the community after an Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) infestation.

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  • The Delaware State University (DSU) Outreach & Research Center provides a demonstration of high tunnel designs and best practices for small farmers to protect and improve their operations in a changing climate. 

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