i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Dry Land Farming

Amy Garrett

Amy Garrett

County Agent, Benton County Oregon

Oregon State University

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

Increase our knowledge and awareness of drought mitigation tools and management practices for farming with little or no irrigation.

How will you measure that change?

I will evaluate knowledge before and after participation in project, change in behavior, water conservation with paper evaluations after events and follow-up surveys via Qualtrics.

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

I will be creating a mobile enabled website for the Dry Farming Project, not an app as I was planning for initially. I have multiple contacts and follow-ups from the key informants for developing the website, pursuing project partnerships, engaging the community, and pursuing funding that will provide a nice foundation to launch from.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

The Corps experience assisted me in enhancing ways to tell the story of the project.

Summary:

Farmers in the Western United States are becoming increasingly affected by climate change through reduced snowmelt, increased temperatures, and drought. It is critical for the viability of farms in our region, and the security of our food system, to increase our knowledge and awareness of drought mitigation tools and management practices for farming with little or no irrigation. The Dry Farming Project focus over the next several years is to expand the Dry Farming Demonstration to several sites in Oregon, organize a ‘Water Management Workshop Series’, and engage interested growers throughout the Pacific Northwest in Participatory Dry Farming Research.

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