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 countryside living informed by sustainable practice and research into climate change adaptation strategies. The climate projections for 2016 proved to be correct with the warmest average temperatures of any year on record with 2017 looking similar. 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 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. 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. We see changes that appear not to be evidence-based and therefore of questionable value in addressing the real and pressing challenges of rural life and land stewardship. The confirmation of Mr Pruitt to be the new administrator of 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 us in its support to rollback environmental regulation. We strongly support the March for Science and the March for Climate to raise awareness of the need for evidence-based public discussion and policy. That the administration is considering pulling out of the Paris Climate Treaty is staggering and is a blatant disregard of the real environmental challenges we are dealing with and the desperate need to adapt.