What is Climate Land Leaders’ niche? What is the organization’s value? How could it be improved? Through a survey, group discussions and one-on-one calls, staffer Sarah Hunt recently gathered extensive feedback from our cohort members on these questions and more. Here’s what she found out.
Niche, Focus and Value
How does our organization differ from the others out there? Climate Land Leaders responded that we serve landowners, especially non-operating landowners, who have an important role to play in climate action. Our niche is leadership and knowledge coming from other landowners in the cohort — a peer-to-peer model.
What is our focus? There were clear themes: Direct connection between climate and agriculture. Conservation on working lands. A holistic approach. Implementing changes and working through the inevitable challenges.
What is the value of Climate Land Leaders? Answers centered around the like-minded and supportive community, relationships and trust among the cohort members and the information- and knowledge-sharing:
- “A community that I can learn from, who understands the dire need to make changes to agriculture”
- “A smaller and more intimate group and therefore more likely to provide help with specific problems we are experiencing”
- “The group makes space for conversation about the creative and spiritual dimensions of a connection to place, as well as the real grief and loss we all experience as we contemplate the climate crisis”
- “Ongoing information sharing between members…new strategies and resources that help me think in deeper ways about the decisions we make on our farm”
- “The innovative and unusual – we try out some of our new ideas on neighbors and other folks and then come back to the CLL group and get reinvigorated and learn more and then go back out into the community…”
Here are some results from quantitative questions we asked: