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.
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.
Farm School Instructor
Our Host Farmers
Farm and Land Manager, Green Valley Community Farm + Mill (USA)
With a background in herbal medicine and animal husbandry, Aubrie weaves the lives of humans with our essential, connective and productive relationship with plants and animals at Green Valley. Aubrie has spent the past ten years living in intentional communities, gaining deep knowledge of the internal structures that support such communities and has dedicated her organizational skills to helping them thrive. Aubrie continues to deepen her relationship to land by raising animals alongside her partner Scott Kelley.
Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser
Co-Owners, Singing Frogs Farm (USA)
Farm Education Director, Spannocchia (Italy)
Niccolò is the Farm Education Director at Spannocchia. He has a background in environmental sciences and gastronomy, and is an alumni of the Universita di Scienze Gastronomiche di Pollenzo. His interest for sustainable agricultural practices comes from a sense of belonging to the land we inhabit and from a deep respect for the people that interact with it. After spending years working with organic food and producing natural wine he is now leading the educational programs at Spannocchia.
Our Guest Speakers
Chef and Consultant, Chez Panisse (USA)
Executive Director, Common Vision (USA)
Co-Founder, The Soil Inventory Project (USA)
Dr. Covey is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Skidmore College, and Co-Founder and President of The Soil Inventory Project (TSIP). His core research focuses on quantifying the flux of greenhouse gases from terrestrial ecosystems and building solutions for managing landscapes for climate benefit. While a Postdoc and Lecturer at Yale’s School of The Environment, Dr. Covey co-founded Quick Carbon, a rapid soil carbon assessment and set of tools that has informed the development of TSIP solution. Dr. Covey and his students developed the system for distributed, producer-led soil sampling.
Director, Health from the Soil Up Fellowship (USA)
In a typical work week, Daphne Miller, MD spends as much time with ecologists, soil scientists, and farmers as she does with medical professionals. She is a family physician, science writer, Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco, and Research Scientist at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health. As founder of the Health from the Soil Up Initiative, she studies the connections among health, culture, and agriculture, with the goal of building a healthier and more resilient food system from the soil up. Daphne is a regular health and science contributor to the Washington Post. She has two books about food, agriculture and health: The Jungle Effect, The Science and Wisdom of Traditional Diets (HarperCollins 2008) and Farmacology, Total Health from the Soil Up (HarperCollins 2013).
Soil Ecologist, Point Blue Working Lands Team (USA)
As a Soil Ecologist Erika serves on the Point Blue Working Lands Team to help monitor rangeland carbon for ecosystem services. She contributes to protocol design and focus on the impact of conservation practices on ecosystem carbon above and belowground. Erika earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation and a minor in Wilderness Studies (U of Montana, Missoula) and then completed her PhD in Ecology, in Soil and Crop Sciences (Colorado State University, Fort Collins). For her graduate research, she analyzed the impact of organic amendments, such as biochar and manure, on soil carbon sequestration and microbial nutrient cycling. She has worked internationally in Senegal and Peru as well as the western US. Erika is dedicated to environmental field education, teaching undergraduate courses for the Wild Rockies Field Institute (MT), and previously climate change and natural history courses for No Barriers Youth (CO), Gastineau Guiding (AK), and Tryon Creek State Park (OR).
Glimpses from the Farm
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.
Director Of Innovation, Elemental Excelerator (USA)
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Get started on your regenerative agriculture journey
Watch this video with course director Laney Siegner and Niccolo Merighi, Farm Education Director at Spannocchia farm in Tuscany, talking about regenerative agriculture.
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 – $3600 / 4 weeks
*Prices vary based on individual farms. More details are included on the farm pages above, and on the application form.
Cohort starting May 29, 2023
On farm week: Jun 11-18
Cohort starting Jul 17, 2023
On farm week: Jul 30 – Aug 6; Aug 6-13
Cohort starting Sep 5, 2023
On farm week: Sep 16 – 23; Oct 5-12
Donate to our scholarship fund
Climate Farm School is excited to launch a partnership with the non-profit, Farmer’s Footprint, in order to accept tax-deductible donations to support a growing number of scholarship applicants for our courses.
You can also read more about Farmer’s Footprint and their mission to unite, inspire and accelerate the movement towards regenerative food systems as a means to restore human and planetary health here.
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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.
I learned more about the potential and challenges of farming in my one week with Terra living, learning and working on a regenerative farm than I could have in years doing my own research. It was truly a special experience that changed the way I think personally & professionally.
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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