The first in our exciting series in partnership with Three Rivers Park District, the Climate Conversation at Gale Woods Farm on November 17, 2018 brought together 165 people to deepen their understanding of climate change and engagement in local solutions.

Climate change is affecting nearly every aspect of our natural resources. As their primary offering, Three Rivers Park District is poised to foster environmental stewardship around cherished places and bring people together for this critical conversation. Each of the Climate Conversations in this solutions-focused event series are hosted at five distinct parks across the district, highlighting the science, stories and solutions; uniquely relevant to each location.

Gale Woods Farm is experiencing climate change first hand, through more extreme weather events, the variability of seasonal changes, the impact of invasive species, all factoring into the unpredictability of what the harvest will bring. Agriculture is a culprit, victim, and solution to climate change.

Participants at the Climate Conversation at Gale Woods Farm heard the latest in climate science from State Climatologist Kenny Blumenfeld and first account stories of climate change from naturalist Jim Gilbert, farmer Jerry Untiedt, and student Valerie McGoldrick; narratives that speak to the motivation behind engagement in solutions. Participants then chose between four solutions workshops; speaking to a range of ways people can deepen engagement in local action on climate change. The event culminated with an hors d’ oeuvres reception for participants to continue conversations and connect with each other.

Participant Testimonials

“The stories were empowering. They made a difference, and we needed to hear them.”

“Thank you for putting this together, I enjoyed the speakers and conversation.”

“I especially appreciated the good, solid information provided by Kenny Blumenfeld.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Climate Conversations event at Gale Woods.”

In the Media

Lake Pioneer News – Climate Conversation series opens at Gale Woods

MinnPost – Exploring connections: food, farming and climate change by Melissa Hotstettler

Hear Climate Stories from Gale Woods Farm

Farm Supervisor, Tim Reese as heard on Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Climate Cast

CSA Coordinator, Melissa Hotstettler as heard on Minnesota Public Radio’s (MPR) Climate Cast

Valerie’s Climate Story as told at Climate Conversations: Gale Woods Farm

Jerry Untiedt’s Climate Story as told at Climate Conversations: Gale Woods Farm

Jim Gilbert’s Climate Story as prepared for Climate Conversations: Gale Woods Farm

Visiting the farm; get an inside look at the preview of Climate Conversations: Gale Woods Farm

Solutions Workshops

Composting with Master Gardeners
Explored composting as a part of a daily green routine! With Barry Schade Jennifer Ringold

Climate Friendly Eating with award-winning author Beth Dooley and Lakewinds Coop.
A cooking demonstration featuring kernza grain to make climate-friendly fajitas

Faith and Stewardship with MN Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL)
How do you see your faith connected to climate change?

Youth Climate Workshop with Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy and MN Interfaith Power & Light
Youth leaders discussed climate justice issues and how to initiate action

Resource Fair Participants

Thank you to Sponsors

Chow Girls Killer Catering
Enki Brewing
Excelsior Brewing
Rotary Club of Mound-Westonka

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