Climate Farm School
A hybrid 4-week program combining online sessions with getting your hands dirty on a working farm. Learn about the climate impact of food systems and the solutions within them. For tech, business, and sustainability professionals, entrepreneurs, farmers, and others passionate about food and climate.
Application deadline for summer courses:
August 13th, 2022
Get a hands-in-the-soil view of climate solutions in food systems
Learn from farmers, soil scientists, chefs, & local food policymakers
Mitigating and adapting to climate change in complex food and ag systems requires a variety of stakeholders collaborating effectively. Hear from a diversity of them in order to understand where your skills and interests can plug into enabling and scaling climate-friendly food systems.
Expand your food systems and farming network
Build relationships with a global network of farmers, food system advocates, and like-minded peers who will support you in doing climate-positive food systems work. This community is open to you forever and will keep growing with future cohorts. We host community events even after the program.
Take professional and personal action
The Climate Farm School mission is to facilitate the conversion of millions of acres of farmland globally to regenerative, carbon sequestering, locally-controlled agroecosystems via climate educational experiences on farms. Map out how you can contribute to systemic change in food and ag, and start taking action!
Learn from the best in the field
Dr. Laney Siegner
Climate Farm School Director, Terra.do
Laney recently completed her Ph.D. at the U.C. Berkeley Energy and Resources Group. She researches sustainable, agroecological food systems and climate change education, and completed several summers of sustainable agriculture work while researching for her dissertation.
She has published book chapters on teaching climate change in U.S. K-12 classrooms and on conducting participatory agroecology research. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a middle school teaching fellow for 2 years in Boston, MA as part of an AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellowship.
When she’s not teaching or learning, she enjoys being outside for a variety of physical activities – farming, worm composting, trail running, bird watching, or swimming in the ocean. Originally from the East Coast, she now lives in Sonoma County, California. She helped build the off-grid tiny house that she now lives in with her partner, as part of the first-ever California Tiny House Competition.
Our Host Farmers
Farm and Land Manager, Green Valley Community Farm + Mill (USA)
David Bill and Faith Van De Putte
Co-Owners, Midnight’s Farm (USA)
David and Faith are the co-owners of Midnight’s Farm on Lopez Island in Washington state. They raise grass-fed, rotationally grazed Murray Grey beef and heritage pork, grow a bit of produce, and sell compost made in the only Department of Ecology-certified compost operation in the county. Values of stewardship, community, education, and climate resilience guide their management decisions. Faith grew up working with her family in the commercial fishing industry in Alaska and never thought she would return to Lopez and become a farmer. David grew up on Lopez and had a career as a salmon fisherman in SE Alaska before returning to Lopez and starting up Midnight’s farm.
Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser
Co-Owners, Singing Frogs Farm (USA)
Our Guest Speakers
Permaculture Farmer, Foyts Farm (India)
Chef and Consultant, Chez Panisse (USA)
Founding Partner, Lummi Island Wild Co-Op (USA)
Program Director, Victory Garden Foundation (USA)
Co-Founder, Farmer Campus (USA)
Glimpses from the Farm
Our Farm Locations
On-farm dates: July 23 - July 31
On-farm dates: Aug 20 - Aug 27
On-farm dates: Sep 10 - Sep 17
On-farm dates: Oct 23 - Oct 30
On-farm dates: Sept 24 - October 1
A passionate community
Our alumni have accomplished careers in industry, policy, and more, and have all made a commitment to focusing their career on sustainability and decarbonization. Expect a similarly accomplished peer set from the world of food nerds, ag-tech entrepreneurs, aspiring farmers, and the like.
The week living at Midnight’s Farm through the Climate Farm School was a special combination of insights, in-field learning, intellectual nourishment, and fun. During my time, I studied soil science, helped rotationally graze cattle, thinned trees in the forest for wildfire mitigation, visited five farms, heaved compost, and reflected on the food system at large. I highly suggest this program for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of regenerative agriculture.
Director Of Innovation, Elemental Excelerator (USA)
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Get started on your regenerative agriculture journey
Personalized and expert instruction
Our world-class faculty bring not only farming and soil science expertise but also trained techniques in teaching and facilitation. Think of them as your personal coaches as you explore climate solutions in food and agriculture.
Before and during the farm stay, you will join in small group discussions for:
Hands-on farming + applied projects
In addition to working alongside farmers , you will be presented with real-world projects defined by local food system stakeholders. Sample projects include:
While you are on the farm, you can look forward to the following special events and activities:
Pricing and expected commitment
US$ 2200 / 4 weeks
or 3 installments of $733/mo.
Our fellows say it best...
The Terra.do community has been a consistent source of support along my climate journey. Since my Monarch days in the inaugural Learning for Action cohort, I've participated in the Climate Justice Workshop, Terra Studio, and Climate Farm School. I've mentored and found mentorship. Terra fellows have joined and helped co-create the Climate Friends community, which was inspired by my experience as a Terra student. Terra.do is creating a fully circular community, and I'm grateful to be in the loop.
As I explore regenerative ag myself by setting up a small farm I can only vouch that it is truly rewarding beyond what I'd imagined. To be able to share the experience with a larger community and hopefully get more people on board would be a superb undertaking.
This year I joined Terra.do's Climate School as a fellow to learn more about climate change, climate justice, policy and actions to preserve biodiversity and transform our planet. One of the best things I've done this year. Can't say enough good things about the climate scientists and experts teaching these courses.
Faith Van De Putte
It has been exciting to jump into this global community alive with innovation, energy, urgency, and smart and passionate people actually “doing” stuff, hence the “dot do.” ... We are utilizing this platform to look at our operation and recommit to an ethic of stewardship.
Who is this program for?
An on-farm view of climate solutions makes the program perfect for both farmers wanting to develop a stronger climate knowledge base and non-farm folks like business professionals, tech workers, policymakers, entrepreneurs... anyone interested in connecting with agricultural ecosystems and hands-on exploration of nature-based climate mitigation.
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