The Township of Douro-Dummer has experienced the compounding impacts of climate change on its natural, built, social, and economic systems. Having a largely agricultural community, the Township is particularly sensitive to changes in precipitation, water quantity, and water quality. The Township has heard concerns from the community about drought and limited access to water supply due to extreme heat throughout the year. The agricultural community was significantly affected by a drought in 2016 which led to water shortage and crop damage. In response, Douro-Dummer decided to host a workshop for the agricultural community on how to adapt to and prepare for drought conditions. The workshop was intended to be both a learning and a networking opportunity for local farmers and members of the agricultural community. The aim was to introduce them to new ideas and technology in adaptation and provide access to educational tools that comprise of up-to-date information that is both feasible and easily accessible. The full-day workshop hosted several subject matter experts, vendors, and speakers, including representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), biologists, conservation authorities, and local organizations such as Agricorp. Additionally, information from farmers was gathered to help inform current conditions and vulnerabilities of the agricultural community. Farmers were asked if they experienced any water shortages or concerns and how they typically dealt with these issues.
Situated in the Township of Douro-Drummer, this case study describes a project to host a workshop for the local agricultural community on how to adapt to and prepare for drought conditions brought on as a result of climate change. The study was led in 2018 by ICLEI Canada. Over 15 partners, mostly in local agriculture, were engaged in this project. The project consisted of a workshop for the agricultural community intended as a learning and networking opportunity to introduce new ideas and technology in adaptation and provide access to educational tools that comprise of up-to-date information that was both feasible and easily accessible. Survey results from workshop attendees determined that most attendees were interested in further learning and engagement opportunities about climate change across Canada or locally and that the topics they would be most interested in included: sustainable farming best-practices, soil, and technology on the farm.