California’s Sustainable Farms Struggle with Climate Challenges and Policy Disadvantages

A feature on KQED from Inside Climate News explores how California’s Full Belly Farm is being affected by climate change. Though the farm focuses on practices that promote resilience, it has been challenged recently by both fire and drought. In addition, owners say this farm and other small farms like it are shut out of some sources of aid for climate adaptation because agricultural policy is tailored for large, industrial agriculture. Small farms with intact and functioning ecosystems provide a range of environmental services to society that aren’t currently recognized and rewarded. They also provide a model for farming that uses less fossil fuel and may help counteract climate change.