Climate change is threatening farms across New England. Here’s how farmers are responding.


On a hot July day at Fresh Start Farms in Concord, New Hampshire, the kale, swiss chard, African eggplant and amaranth were growing strong.

“It’s very obvious to see how things are performing,” said Anthony Munene, project manager for the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, which has farms across New Hampshire.

The organization helps set up people who arrive as immigrants or refugees with training and land to start as farmers.

Munene says the vegetables are performing well because of some new practices at this site, the organization’s newest property.

It’s a climate-smart demonstration farm, where farmers are implementing a variety of practices to manage the increasing threats from climate change.

In a new series from the New England News Collaborative, journalists across the region worked together to tell stories about how climate change is affecting what we know, love and rely on in New England summers.Across the region, heavy rains have caused massive damage for farmers this summer. Problems from heat, pests, and drought are common. But farmers in the region are getting help from state and federal programs and changing some of their practices to become more resilient.

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