Carbon FarmingFarmers 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
- 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.