Carbon Farming is gaining increasing attention and seems to be the one proven method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. It is also know as “Regenerative Agriculture” or “Climate Smart Farming”.
If you’d like to support this effort but are not a farmer here is one thing you could do beyond buying organic:
INVEST IN ORGANIC FARMING Organic Farmland Real Estate Investment Trust – works with mission-driven investors to provide organic and regenerative farmers land security through long-term leases and mortgages. Our REIT is incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation & B Corp. Great details with videos at the links.
BAR-C Project: One aspect of “Climate Smart Farming” is raising cattle using “managed grazing” which is good for the land AND puts CO2 back in the soil. We have several local ranchers working this way but they do not have a good local place to humanely process the animals into healthy beef for people. So they have formed a coop to purchase a a mobile meat processing facility and are having fund raising events to help pay the cost. More details at the links below.
Here’s a download link for a new December 2020 Drawdown publication Farming Our Way out of the Climate Crisis
The links below include recent items and some classic earlier work including the MARIN CARBON PROJECT: a recording from the Bioneers Conference
Plasticulture – youtube of an excellent local webinar about plastic use in agriculture
Excellent new Movie “Kiss the Ground” free on Netflix, Sep 2020
New website with 1000’s of links to Carbon Removal Laws including Carbon Sequestration.
Ellen Farmer presentation Feb 25, 2020 http://Final.PPT.RegenAg.pptx
Articles by Ellen Farmer
Recent news – newest at the top
Good 5 min video from Kiss the Ground. Uses the term “Biodynamic Agriculture” Posted 5/2/20
From the Jan 2020 Ecofarm Conference at Asilomar – includes several complete presentations
Ted Talk about the importance of Healthy Soil Nov 2019
Governor signs AB 2377 bill to support transition to “Climate Smart Ag” 9/28/18
9/16/18 Soil Carbon Education
New 3 min video “Why Farming is Broken” 6/3/18
The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a statewide coalition that advances state and federal policy to realize the powerful climate solutions offered by sustainable and organic agriculture. 5/30/18
Great documentary by Lois Robin of Santa Cruz “The Dirt on Climate Change” 5/19/18
Carbon Farming Links From Kiss the Ground: 4mins – Great Intro
People at the center of Carbon farming 8 min video set in So. California
www.climatechangehitshome.com Joe Morris Cattle Rancher 30:00 – 31:47 Holistic grazing – roots, carbon and water
Great short video from TomKat ranch, Pescadero – includes “Slake Test” https://tomkatranch.org/regenerative-talks-photosynthesis-and-organic-matter/
Interesting demo showing how “good soil” retains water much better than “overworked soil” Slake test similar to Tomkat 0-2:30 Infiltration test at 3 -6 mins
Long but useful article on what to eat and why Regenetarians Unite!
Excellent details from the Marin carbon Project and on local programs in Pajaro Valley. Link to slide show from 2/22 meeting – connects drawdown, Marin Carbon Project and other Carbon Farming CarbFarm>
Climate Change – Effects on Crops, Water Supplies...
Dr. David Battisti – Climate Change and Global Food Security (1:05:57)
Yale Course: Energy and Matter Movement through Eco Systems (49min)