Roedown

Square bales of field hay harvested in September. Photo courtesy of M.H. Bulmer, 2014.

Square bales of field hay harvested in September. Photo courtesy of M.H. Bulmer, 2014.

Our passion is rural living informed by sustainable practice and research into climate change adaptation strategies. The climate projections for 2016 proved correct with the warmest average temperatures of any year on record and 2017 is looking similar. We wait for the official release of the US Climate Science Special Report. We derive evidence-based adaptation strategies and attempt to turn relevant concepts and discussions into appropriate actions. Whether you are looking to board a horse at Roedown Horse Boarding LLC, are interested in countryside stewardship, or investigating climate change adaptation and extreme weather strategies for your farm, landholding or business, looking for a field location for environmental and climate-change education, workshop or retreat venue, we believe we can offer you an environmentally informed approach.

Through developing sustainable strategies we strive to move from open to closed systems, gaining significant savings in energy, waste management and cost. Open systems often involve a loss of green capital or resources and a reliance on outside expertise and capability which are practices that have proved unfit for our purpose. We have focused on building skills, capability and resilience back and reducing, or eliminating the reliance on offsite assistance. In areas such as waste management and horse manure, we have been able to redefine the value-chain for waste as inputs for a new form of use and value to Roedown.

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In 2013, Roedown was certified as an agricultural conservation steward by the Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program (FSCAP) administered by the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts. In 2017, we are striving to be chemical, carbon neutral and sustainable. This is a challenge that requires examination of all aspects of our way of living, stewardship and farming practices and is the focus of our work at Roedown Research R2.

We have taken the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the COP21 Paris Agreement on climate change and attempted to examine practical coherence to Roedown. Our experience to-date is that cross-sectoral, multi-dimensional and dynamic understanding of sustainable development, resilience and climate change adaptation is essential and key to achieving our goals. In the US, the new administration continues to be of deep concern putting at risk the critical evidence-based progress we’ve made in recent years on climate change adaptation and developing environmentally informed approaches. Policy appears not to be evidence-based and therefore of questionable value in addressing the real and pressing challenges of sustainable practices, extreme weather and climate adaptation. The actions of Mr Pruitt at the EPA further erodes the credibility of this new administration to take seriously the critical environmental challenges we face. The US Chamber of Commerce does not speak for Roedown in its support to rollback environmental regulation. We strongly support efforts to raise awareness of the need for evidence-based public discussion and policy. Based upon our work, the administrations position to the Paris Climate Agreement disregards the real environmental challenges we are dealing with and the desperate need to adapt.