Planning for the “new normal”: assessing farm worker service organization’s climate-related impacts and promoting resiliency to support workers.

Climate-related environmental hazards, including successive high-heat days and poor air quality from wildfire smoke, are projected to continue and worsen, increasing occupational risks for farmworkers in Central Washington. Farmworker support agencies are facing related training and resource provision needs while filling associated support gaps. This project will (a) identify opportunities to better prepare support entities for identified impacts, (b) co-develop a roadmap for advancing climate resilience for farmworkers, and (c) convene entities currently working independently on related topics to explore collaboration opportunities.

Principal Investigator: Karie Boone, Applied Social Scientist, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR), Washington State University