Farmers and ranchers are increasingly recognized as key to helping mitigate a changing climate though what is known as carbon farming
. Carbon farming encompasses a broad variety of agricultural practices that aim to increase carbon sequestration while also improving soil conditions and increasing crop yields & forage production. Many carbon beneficial practices are already in use by farmers in ranchers in Alameda County and can help ranchers achieve other management goals.
Examples of carbon-beneficial agricultural practices include:
- Compost application
- Cover crops
- Prescribed grazing
- Riparian plantings
- Wind breaks
The Conservation Partnership can help interested parties by:
- Developing an operation-specific carbon farm plan that outlines carbon sequestration opportunities that also meet other farm/ranch goals
- Helping identify funding for carbon-beneficial projects
- Planning, designing, and implementing projects
- Measuring the effectiveness of implemented projects
If you are interested in learning more about funding opportunities for these projects, please view our funding opportunities page. For general information, please read our carbon farming factsheet.