Climate Smart Agriculture: OL 333

Discover climate solutions to help your community’s families and businesses combat global warming.

Depleted and eroded soils, unreliable access to water, drought, outmoded agricultural practices and a lack of coping strategies for adapting to a changing climate are leading to reduced agricultural productivity and income for North American Farmers.

OVERVIEW: Climate Smart Agriculture Course Details

What is this course?

An 8 week, self-paced training program. where you will develop a Climate Smart Agricultural Plan for adapting to a changing climate. Each one of the assignments will be a concrete step in developing the plan. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have conducted surveys with the community to better understand the challenges—and will have researched solution-oriented activities to solve them.

Climate Smart Agriculture: Learn by doing.

 In OL 333 participants and their community members will first develop a participatory mapping of crop systems, and soil and water resources, and then consult with an expert in soil, water and agriculture to develop a participatory training process for developing a Climate Smart Agricultural Program specific to their local community context.

How will you you learn about Climate Smart Agriculture?

1. The course includes an overview of climate smart agricultural practices complete with downloadable manuals and field guides for each technique.

Who should take this Climate Smart Agriculture course?

This course is designed to develop a plan for a  rural agricultural community—although It will be just as useful for a family farmer to use on their own farm.

From the community perspective, this course is perfect for a group of engaged community members, a nonprofit serving rural communities, our local government hoping to improve farming conditions in their town.



Climate Smart Agriculture Course Syllabus

8 Weeks: Work with farmers to solve climate challenges

Week 1. Surveys and interviews to collect local knowledge on agriculture.

Week 2. Participatory mapping of cropping systems, and soil and water resources.

Week 3. Survey of Solution-Oriented Adaptation Techniques.

Week 4. Mulching, contours, soil berms, trees & hedgerows.

Week 5. Dryland farming techniques. Buffering against extended dry spells.

Week 6. Evaluate findings and select appropriate, improved agricultural practices.

Week 7. Workshop planning for appropriate, improved agricultural practices.

Week 8. Facilitate a community meeting to receive input on the plan.


Climate Smart Agriculture Participants Say:

Hi Tim, Please find attached Assignment 5 for OL 333.

I really enjoyed this assignment, I thought that the activities made sense—and the training program I have developed is looking great (I even feel like I want to take this training program myself!).

I was actually looking forward to taking this course and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Great course! Anne Desrochers.

Tim Magee: Climate Change Scientist & Author

Work with farmers to solve climate challenges. Take this 8 week course to get farm families growing healthy, nutritious food again!

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 40 years experience in urban agriculture. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation, A Solar Greenhouse Guide to Food Production, and is a Co-Founder of Seattle Tilth: An Urban Agricultural Center.  Mr. Magee studied international agriculture at University.


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ENROLL: How To Enroll in This Course.

Simply click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

Last Step:  If you have chosen to work with a live teacher, your next step is to simply fill out the student informaton sheet to complete your registration.

This course has a prerequisite: OL 102 Sustainable Development Projects, or OL 342 Climate Change Adaptation, or OL 202 Designing and Funding Non Profit Programs. Why are there prerequisites?

PRICING: Climate Smart Agriculture with a Live Teacher

Teacher Led

Take this course with a live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below. Certificate: Turn in the 6 assignments and you will receive a PDF Certificate. Your course teacher will offer professional comments and encouragement for your assignments.

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INCLUDES: Climate Smart Agriculture Resources

Job-focused content includes:
8 PDF Detailed Assignments
8 PDF In-depth Discussions
8 MS Word Completed Assignment Templates for you to personalize to be your own assignment for submittal.
Over 50 Word, Excel and PDF resources to download that contain learning guides, studies—and project templates for you to edit and personalize.