Climate Resilience – A Course for Farmers

July (rolling enrollment) – September 15th 2018*

We will release materials on July 31st, and you can begin anytime after that. Deadline to submit materials is Sept 15th. If these dates do not work for you, please email us to be kept in the loop for future dates.

Farming connects to Climate Change in profound ways. On the one hand, industrial farming is one of the main contributors to Climate Change. On the other, agroecological farming can actually mitigate and reduce the risks, vulnerability and impacts of a changing climate.
With this contradiction in mind, it is clear that to confront Climate Change rather than just react to it, we need to nurture strong farmer networks, adapt the way we farm to reduce impacts on the environment, and make our farms and farmers more climate resilient.

MESA is proud to offer an online course to help you build the tools to do just that.

Climate Resilience – A Course for Farmers

In this self-paced online course, you will learn from climate resilient agriculture experts, experienced farmers, and MESA’s network of agroecology educators. You will have access to online forums to help you build relationships, problem-solve and share expertise with other farmers in the USA. Through a series of engaging online videos and innovative assignments, you’ll learn to create and apply strategies to improve environmental conditions on your farm while helping build resilience and productivity within your management practices. All materials are oriented to confronting Climate Change on your farm.

Location: Remote/Online

By taking this course you will:

  • Understand how your farm or ranch connects with climate change, agroecology, and global agriculture
  • Create a Climate Resilience Action Plan for your farm or ranch
  • Develop relationships to share best practices and strategies
  • Increase your farm or ranch’s ability to adapt to the impacts of Climate Change and reduce both the production, social and financial risks of climate variability
  • Gain familiarity with the regional tools, policies and resources available to support you as a farmer in the face of climate change

Course Dates*:

Rolling enrollment. Participants are welcomed to begin July 31st onward. Deadline to submit all required materials is September 15th. *If you can’t make this round, fill out the interest form below.

Time Commitment:

There are 6 Lessons that are self-paced with no live sessions. Each lesson contains around an hour of pre-recorded videos. Additionally, we estimate you’ll spend around 1-2 hours for applied activities. Course is designed to take 5 weeks but can be completed in a shorter time-frame depending on your schedule.

Course Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand Agroecology in relationship to climate resilience
  2. Learn how to evaluate the risk and vulnerability of their agroecosystems to extreme climate events
  3. Learn how to apply agroecological principles to design a resilient farm plan

Upon completion, Participants in Oregon and California may also:

Be matched with a MESA advisor to review your Resilience Plan in a one-on-one session
Connect regionally with farmers and ranchers during a Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day on September 9th at Singing Frogs Farm (optional)

Course Overview:

  • Pre-recorded videos and lectures
  • Applied Activities (completed on your own)
  • 1 in-person Farmer-to-Farmer Field Day
  • Optional Readings and Resources

Topics will include:

Agriculture and Climate Change, Agroecology practices and principles, Resilience methods and tools, evaluating Energy in your system, Building a Climate Resilience Plan, and more.

What you will need to participate:

  • A computer and internet access

This course is for you if you are:

  • This course is aimed at farmers, ranchers and food advocates based across the USA
  • You must have a strong interest and desire to practice climate adaptive and resilient farming/ranching
  • Benefits such as Adviser Matching and Field day are only open to people actively farming on the West Coast that complete the course
  • Note: There is no scale requirement for your land. Urban Ag/ Permaculture folks welcome. Prior experience with climate resilient farming not required. Background in organic/sustainable/agroecological farming and ranching also not required.

Course Facilitation

This course is set up to be self-paced and self-led, and as such there will not be a MESA facilitator. However, interaction with your fellow participants is highly encouraged and supported through online forums.


Free. This course is no cost to participant due to funding by the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center in partnership with MESA.  The Course is valued at $150-$350 per person sliding scale: we’re a tiny nonprofit – Donations are highly encouraged!


 If the dates of this course don’t work for you, or if you’re interested in receiving updates about future offerings related to this course, please reach out to and let us know. Thank you!

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24225.