Making Agriculture Part of the Solution to Climate Change

May 28 from 1:00-2:00 ET free on Zoom Webinar

*Please note, all registrants will be provided with a link and password to the recording and presentation slides following the session. The recording will be available for 60 days.

This month we launched the Climate Solutions Innovation Forum, a new multi-year program that highlights newer innovative environmental nonprofits who share the story to inspire emerging leaders and/or to expose seasoned leaders to new ways of affecting change and reaching new audiences. We'll shine a light on less traditional policy-oriented NGOs, youth led organizations as well as recently emerged culturally-focused ENGOs mostly at the fringes of the mainstream.

This first CSIF session features Farmers for Climate Solutions, a farmer-led national coalition working to scale up climate solutions in agriculture. FCS advances policy proposals, programming and other strategic initiatives to support farmers and ranchers in the face of climate change and encourage the adoption of low emissions, high resilience practices. FCS is made up of 29 farming organization members, representing over 20,000 farmers across Canada.  

In this presentation, three FCS staff will share a brief introduction to FCS' origin story, work streams, and the unique, highly collaborative, and farmer-led approaches that FCS employs to bring together agricultural producers and organizations, often with diverging views, to work towards solutions to climate change.

After sharing the inspiring FCS story and the secrets of their success presenters will engage in a lively Q and A.

We thank the Ivey Foundation for their funding support of this series.

Our Presenters:

Presented by:

Andrew Rushmere

Andrew Rushmere is FCS Interim Executive Director. He has worked in the academic and not-for-profit sectors overseeing sustainable agriculture teaching and research programs, advocating for sustainable agriculture policy federally, and in curriculum development and implementation. All these experiences feed his commitment to advancing low emissions, high resilience solutions in agriculture with producers.

Virginie Lavallée-Picard

Virginie Lavallée-Picard is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and brings her skills in project management and strategic planning to collaboratively develop initiatives that aim to realize the full potential of climate solutions in food and agriculture. Virginie co-owns Wind Whipped Farm, a mixed vegetables operation on Vancouver Island, BC.

Geneviève Grossenbacher

Geneviève Grossenbacher is Director of Policy and has spent the past 15+ years leading projects, policy & government relations for sustainable agriculture in Canada and abroad. She comes to FCS having been with Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais, SeedChange and a farm-to-school program. Geneviève co-owns a farm that won Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ award.