Cultivating Climate Resilience

The changing climate is already impacting farmers in Atlantic Canada, and will continue to do so. We are experiencing changing and less predictable growing conditions, along with extreme weather events, floods, and sea level rise that put farmland and infrastructure at risk.

We can work together to make farms and the food system more resilient by learning about the predicted changes, developing a network for sharing knowledge and collaborating, and implementing strategies to adapt to the effects of climate change. Many climate adaptation strategies also contribute to mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

ACORN is starting a new project to support climate adaptation by:

  • Hosting climate adaptation workshops at the 2018 Annual ACORN Conference in PEI
  • Hosting workshops around New Brunswick in the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019; if you would like one hosted in your region, let us know
  • Keeping in touch with producers and other interested parties via ACORN Climate Connections (sign up!)
  • Developing this page with more information and resources
  • And more! If you have ideas, don’t hesitate to get in touch


Read the latest issue of ACORN Climate Connections, an e-newsletter dedicated to climate change and agriculture:

Check out the climate change section of ACORN's organic library.

For access to the recordings of ACORN's 2017 Climate Change & Agriculture Winter Webinar Series (free for members!), e-mail

Funding for producers

The following provincial programs support the implementation of various on-farm climate adaptation and mitigation activities:

New Brunswick

  • Environmentally Sustainable Agriculture
    Requires an Environmental Farm Plan
    This funding supports many climate adaptation activities, including: on-farm water supply improvement, sustainable irrigation management, cropland drainage, soil health and management, conservation tillage, shelterbelt establishment, riparian and buffer establishment, riparian area grazing management, and wetland restoration and management, among others.

Nova Scotia

  • Soil and Water Sustainability
    Requires an Environmental Farm Plan
    This funding supports activities that mitigate on-farm environmental risk for soil and water.


  • Beneficial Management Practices Subprogram
    Requires an Environmental Farm Plan
    This funding supports the implementation of best management practices, including activities related to soil conservation, soil health, nutrient management, integrated pest management, riparian management, water quality, water efficiency, and energy efficiency.

  • Clean Technology Subprogram
    This funding ​supports the adoption of clean technology.

  • Specialized Equipment Subprogram
    Requires organic certification
    This funding supports the purchase of green manure seeders and cover crop technology, among other equipment.

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Program
    This funding supports many activities that mitigate or adapt to climate change, including: renewable energy and energy efficiency, systems that reduce crop and livestock losses, conservation tillage practices, establishment of riparian areas or shelterbelts, optimizing livestock management, irrigation management, erosion control measures, nutrient management strategies, and practices to deal with increased pest pressures, invasive species and disease outbreak, among others


We are grateful for the generous support that has made this project possible.

Your Environmental Trust Fund at Work