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ADAM MACLEAN

Agriculture Climate Action Specialist

PEI Department of Agriculture and Land

  • Bachelor and Master’s in Science
  • International farm work experience.
  • Regenerative shepherd practicing adaptive grazing

AS THE AGRICULTURE CLIMATE ACTION SPECIALIST, ADAM WORKS WITH FARMERS, INDUSTRY AND OTHERS TO HELP IMPROVE THE RESILIENCE OF ISLAND FARMS TO CLIMATE CHANGE WHILE IMPROVING FARM PROFITABILITY.

Climate Action is directly linked with building soil health: cycling of atmospheric carbon through plants and into soil is a key strategy for climate change mitigation.

Currently Adam is leading a plant sap analysis project working with crops across PEI, diving deep into plant nutrition to identify how farmers and agronomists can optimize photosynthesis, improve crop productivity, increase soil carbon sequestration and improve fertilizer use efficiency and farm profitability.

In addition to working with the Department, Adam is a full-time soil farmer. He stewards soils to grow diverse, nutritious forages for a growing flock of sheep in the hills of South Melville. Productive, biologically active and balanced soils, diverse forages, and carefully managed regenerative grazing, are the foundation of his flock’s health and productivity. He is experimenting on-farm with multispecies cover crop mixes, biological inoculation, fungal composts and foliar fertility strategies.

"The foundation of farm profitability and resilience is thriving, biologically active soils, feeding healthy, balanced plants. I enjoy working with all farms on this regenerative journey."