- Gardening in a Warming World: A Climate Smart Gardening Course Book - 36-page publication describes the key concepts such as systems thinking that are fundamental to understanding the challenge of the changing climate and how it relates to gardening skills and techniques. Also available: Facilitator’s notebook and presentation.
- Farming Success in an Uncertain Climate [4-page factsheet] – Climate change is already posing new challenges to farming, such as increased risk of flooding, summer heat stress, and more intense pest and weed pressures. Many of the commodities that currently dominate the New York agricultural sector, like dairy products, apples, cabbage, and potatoes, are not well suited for the warming trends predicted for this century. However, there will be profitable opportunities to experiment with new crops or new crop varieties as temperatures rise and the growing season lengthens.
- Farm Energy, Carbon, and Greenhouse Gases [4-page factsheet] – Farmers today face rising energy costs and uncertainty about future energy policies that affect agriculture. Many farmers are responding by improving the energy efficiency of their operations and exploring alternatives to traditional fossil fuels such as wind, solar, and biofuel crops. Improving nitrogen fertilizer use efficiency is another important strategy because fertilizer cost is tightly linked to energy prices, and excessive applications increase the release of nitrous oxide (N2O), a very potent greenhouse gas (GHG).
- Cornell Climate Change in the Garden Program - Climate Change in the Garden is an exciting model of youth community action in the garden. This site offers examples of how youth and their community members can get involved in monitoring, adapting, and mitigating climate change in the garden.
- Cornell Garden Based Learning Program - Numerous tools and resources to learn how to garden, resources for the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, and weather and climate tools to help gardeners, such as the USDA Hardiness Zone map for New York, information on microclimates, average last spring frost date, average first fall frost date, average freeze-free season, tools to manage frost, growing degree days.
- Northeast Regional Climate Center - the NRCC at Cornell University facilitates and enhances the collection, dissemination, and use of climate data and information, as well as monitors and assesses climatic conditions and impacts in the northeast. The NRCC provides specialized climate and weather tools for various sectors, such as the turf grass, field crops and fruit crops industries.
- Project Feederwatch - Track movements of winter bird populations to broaden our understanding of climate change’s impact on species and ecosystems (Cornell).
Reports and Studies
- Shrink your Garden’s Climate Footprint, in Verdant Views, Cornell Plantations magazine (see page 22). Wolfe, D. adapted by L. Bauman (2013), from “Gardening Sustainably in a Changing Climate.”
- Advice to Gardeners from a Climate Change Expert, in Verdant Views, Cornell Plantations magazine (see page 13). Wolfe, D. (2012).
- Gardening Sustainably with a Changing Climate. In The New American Landscape: Leading Voices on the Future of Sustainable Gardening. Wolfe, D (2011). ed. Thomas Christopher. Portland, Or: Timber Press, a publication of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
- Arbor Day Foundation – Information about Climate Change, planting tress, and plant hardiness zones.
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden - The Climate Conscious Gardener. This step-by-step guide to offsetting climate change through gardens and landscaping explains what happens when the atmospheric balance of carbon and nitrogen goes awry, and how plants, soil, and synthetic gardening aids (such as fertilizer and pesticides) affect climate (2010).
- Project BudBurst – Project BudburstSM: is co-managed by the National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. and the Chicago Botanic Garden.
- Union of Concerned Scientists - The Climate-Friendly Gardener: A Guide to Combating Global Warming from the Ground Up.
- US Department of Agriculture - Plant Hardiness Zone Map.
- US Environmental Protection Agency - Greenscaping: The easier way to a greener, healthier yard (2005).
- Responding to Climate Change in New York State Synthesis Report, NYSERDA
- National Climate Assessment (2014, U.S. Global Change Research Program)
Also at this site
- Climate Science - Basic information to help you and others better understand climate change issues.
- Climate Change Forum - Gardeners part of climate change solution.
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