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Thursday, December 7 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Diversified Farming Systems for Building Resilience FULL

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We will introduce diversified farming systems (DFS), which build resilience by increasing biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. We will present our current work with diverse farming communities to demonstrate DFS and climate adaptation pathways. Then, we'll facilitate small group discussions to create a toolbox of DFS practices at the field, farm, and landscape scales. This workshop is open to all and we hope that participants will gain both a theoretical understanding of DFS and practical ideas for how to implement specific practices that build resilience through biological diversity.

Aidee Guzman works with Southeast Asian and Latinx small-scale farmers embedded in the monoculture landscape of California's Central Valley. Her research explores how on-farm diversification practices influence soil health and its links to other ecological processes.

Margiana Petersen-Rockney is currently working in Northern California with farmers, ranchers, and Tribes whose cultural livelihoods are polarizing as conflict over limited water increases. 


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Aidee Guzman

Graduate Student/Advocate, University of California, Berkeley
Aidee Guzman works with Southeast Asian and Latinx small-scale farmers embedded in the monoculture landscape of California's Central Valley. Her research explores how on-farm diversification practices influence soil health and its links to other ecological processes. Aidee’s rese... Read More →
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Margiana Peterson-Rockney

Farmer/Doctoral Student, UC Berkeley
Margiana Petersen-Rockney is a 2017 Stone Barns Exchange Fellow. She grew up on a goat dairy farm in Massachusetts. While still in college, Margiana ran a five-acre diversified vegetable and livestock CSA and founded the Young Farmer Network, a community group for new farmers to share management practices and build social capital. After four years farming full time, she scaled back to one acre of garlic production and relocated to Boston. At the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and the Boston Farming Institute, Margiana worked with low-income immigrant and refugee farmers on issues of land access and farm planning. She also directed the Food Literacy Project at Harvard, a fellowship program for students to learn about and engage with the food system. Currently, as a Ph.D. student in... Read More →


Thursday December 7, 2017 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Library