About UsSfL: Creating a Unique Vision
Solutions from the Land (SfL) was conceived and led by a cross-sector team of respected agriculture, forestry, conservation, academic and industry leaders, who came together in 2009 based on clean energy discussions facilitated by the 25x’25 Alliance to explore integrated land management solutions to help meet food security, economic development, climate change and conservation of biodiversity goals. Beginning as a dialogue on what the future of agriculture might look like, co-sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International and the Farm Foundation, SfL has evolved into a 501c3 nonprofit operating in eight states, offering national and global advocacy for land-based solutions to world problems.
Today, SfL continues to build and facilitates state, national, and global initiatives and alliances through which farmers, ranchers, foresters and collaborating partners showcase examples of innovation and proactively advocate for policies, partnerships, investments, and research that will enable agricultural landscapes to deliver near-term, cost-effective, integrated solutions to global mega-challenges: food and energy security; sustainable economic development; and environmental improvement.
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SfL is currently engaged in a national program of sustainability advocacy by sharing the findings of its established state CSA network and leaders.
SfL farmer envoys are proactively engaging United Nations platforms, events, staff officials and member states advancing our 21st “Agricultural Renaissance” recommendations.
Enables agriculture leaders
with the tools and knowledge they need to make informed decisions and manage new risks under changing conditions;
Inspires & empowers agricultural leaders
Mobilizes thought leaders
SfL puts farmers, ranchers and foresters at the forefront of resolving food system, energy, environmental and climate challenges and achieving global sustainable development goals. SfL Work Groups tackle three objectives simultaneously: sustainably increasing agricultural productivity (including ecosystem services and societal benefits) and incomes; adapting and building resilience; and reducing and removing greenhouse gas emissions.
Our experience building and facilitating a network of climate smart agriculture (CSA) work groups at the state and national level has inspired partnerships with rural sociologists and clearly demonstrated the message: “To effectively engage and mobilize farmers in delivering solutions from the land, we must do so in ways that are relevant to their daily lives.”
Read on to learn more about SfL’s unique portfolio of state, landscape level and global initiatives.
Shelby is Director of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, a farmer, and an active member of the agricultural community. She currently farms with her family on their 4th-generation farm, Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards, in Brandywine, Maryland, where they grow wine grapes, run the farm winery, and host private events in their barn venue. Shelby also freelances for several regional and national agricultural publications, including the Lancaster Farming Newspaper, Pink Tractor, and American Agriculturist. Shelby recently finished serving a two-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s National Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.