A storytelling session was successful in raising awareness and understanding of the types of changes in weather patterns farmers are experiencing in Maine, what impacts those changes are having on their operations, and the changes farmers are making in response. Using an outreach approach rooted in farmer stories allowed us to bypass the controversy that often surrounds topics related to climate change. Likewise, focusing on the farmers' experiences and avoiding corrective statements during this introductory session resulted in productive dialogue. We recommend replicating this approach within different agricultural sectors to increase understanding of sector-specific risks and strategies for adaptation.
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Roche, E. H., Mallory, E. B., & Birthisel, S. K. (2019). Using Farmer Storytelling to Build Understanding of Our "New Weather Reality". The Journal of Extension, 57(5), Article 20. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.57.05.20