Climate Change: Impact on Idaho’s Food System

You are invited to join the Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger (IIRAH) for a community gathering.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Library! at Cole & Ustick – 7557 W. Ustick, Boise, Idaho 83704

This is a free event. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Rebecca Som Castellano will share her climate change and food security expertise along with Dr. Jen Pierce, who will speak about the biophysical aspects of climate change and lay the groundwork for its impact on the food system. Dr. Pierce’s research includes quaternary geomorphology, Holocene fire history and climate change, recent fire history and climate change, and feedbacks among hydrologic, biologic and geologic systems.

Drs. Som Castellano and Pierce will be joined by two Idahoans who will tell their personal stories about the impact of climate change on their ability to produce food.

  • Arlie Sommer of Middleton will speak about her family’s business, Purple Sage Farms, which has been providing fresh herbs to the Treasure Valley for nearly 30 years. This past winter, Purple Sage Farms lost five of its 12 greenhouses to heavy snowfall.
  • Brenda Richards, Owyhee County Treasurer, is an advocate for Western ranchers. She served as president of the Public Lands Council and co-owns a ranch with her husband, Tony, a fourth-generation rancher. In 2015, the Richards faced devastating wildfires that claimed 95 percent of the public lands that Brenda and Tony manage, burning all of the forage that would have been available for the following grazing season.


Click the image on the left to access an 8.5 x 11″ poster for this event. Please print and share!