BELFAST — Farmers from three local farms will participate in a panel discussion titled “Growing Resilience: Farmers Respond to Climate Change” to be broadcast via Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

The Waldo County farms participating in the discussion, presented by Belfast Free Library, are Bahner Farm  in Belmont, Daisy Chain Farm  in Belfast and Dickey Hill Farm in Monroe. To view the presentation, register at belfastlibrary.org/abcd-events.

Pictured planting is Daisy Beal of Daisychain Farm in Belfast. Courtesy of Belfast Free Library

As outlined in Maine’s Climate Future report (UMaine Climate Change Institute 2009 and 2020), extreme weather events related to climate change pose particular challenges for Maine’s farms. Warmer temperatures harm vegetables, reduce fruit production and stress livestock. More intense rain events cause runoff and washouts and don’t replenish the water table. The longer and drier summers Maine is experiencing can require crops to need irrigation. These are just some of the issues local food producers face.

The panel of farmers will discuss how the effects of climate change — including droughts, floods, pests and extreme weather events — have challenged and changed their farming practices, and will answer questions.

The presentation is part of an ongoing series of programs for All of Belfast Climate Dialogues, a project of Belfast Free Library. For more information, visit belfastlibrary.org or call 338-3884, ext.10.

Noami Brautigan and James Gagne of Dicky Hill Farm in Monroe. Courtesy of John Campbell