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.

We aim to inspire you to share our passion for countryside living informed by sustainable practice and research in climate change adaptation strategies. The climate projections for 2016 are likely the warmest average temperatures of any year on record. We 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 geo-related education, workshop or retreat venue, we believe we can offer you an environmentally informed approach.

We strive to move from open to closed systems, gaining significant savings in energy, waste management and cost. Open systems often involve contracting outside expertise and capability which is a model that has increasingly 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 the second decade of the 21 Century, 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 between them as they relate 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 other goals.