Carbon Farming

Carbon Farming
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
  • Hedgerows
  • Prescribed grazing
  • Riparian plantings
  • Wind breaks

Carbon Farming
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.

Primary Contact(s)

Ian Howell

Partners

Outreach Material

Spreading Compost on Rangelands: Preparing For and Executing Carbon Farm Projects

On February 9, 2021, the Alameda County Resource Conservation District and its partners gathered virtually for a discussion on spreading compost on rangelands. Carbon farm planners, farmers, ranchers, and practitioners heard about costs, compost quality, and lessons learned from demonstration carbon farming projects. Ranchers shared their experiences applying compost through CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program Demonstration and Incentives projects. This workshop was supported by the ‘California Climate Investments’ program (Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund) through a Health Soils Program demonstration grant (19-0670-000-SO) administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and a Climate Ready grant (18-082) administered by the California Coastal Conservancy.

             

Agenda:

  • Carbon Farming: Soil, Carbon, Water, Climate: The Carbon Cycle as an Organizing Principle in Land Stewardship | Jeff Creque, Ph.D. of Carbon Cycle Institute
  • A Carbon Farming Partnership & HSP Demonstration | Ian Howell of ACRCD and Kelly Schoonmaker of StopWaste
  • Q & A #1 | Jeff Creque, Ph.D. of Carbon Cycle Institute, Joe Paolo of Paolo Farms, Ian Howell of ACRCD, and Kelly Schoonmaker of StopWaste
  • Compost for Carbon Farming | Ian Howell of ACRCD, and Kelly Schoonmaker of StopWaste
  • Calhoun Ranch & HSP Incentives | Nancy Mueller, Susie Calhoun, and Merry Carter of 3 Calhoun Sisters, and Jackie Charbonneau of NRCS
  • Q & A #2 | | Ian Howell of ACRCD, Kelly Schoonmaker of StopWaste, Nancy Mueller, Susie Calhoun, and Merry Carter of 3 Calhoun Sisters
  • Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentives Program | Stephanie Lew of ACRCD

Spreading Compost on Rangelands Workshop Presentation Slides

Time Markers:

0:06:28​ | Carbon Farming: Soil, Carbon, Water, Climate: The Carbon Cycle as an Organizing Principle in Land Stewardship | Jeff Creque, Ph.D. of Carbon Cycle Institute 0:28:04​ | A Carbon Farming Partnership & HSP Demonstration | Ian Howell of ACRCD and Kelly Schoonmaker of StopWaste 0:47:13​ | Q & A #1 | Jeff Creque, Ph.D. of Carbon Cycle Institute, Joe Paulo of Paulo Farms, Ian Howell of ACRCD, and Kelly Schoonmaker of StopWaste 1:01:23​ | Compost for Carbon Farming | Ian Howell of ACRCD, and Kelly Schoonmaker of StopWaste 1:26:51​ | Calhoun Ranch & HSP Incentives | Nancy Mueller, Susie Calhoun, and Merry Carter of 3 Calhoun Sisters, and Jackie Charbonneau of NRCS 1:48:18​ | Q & A #2 | | Ian Howell of ACRCD, Kelly Schoonmaker of StopWaste, Nancy Mueller, Susie Calhoun, and Merry Carter of 3 Calhoun Sisters 1:57:39​ | Healthy Soils Program (HSP) Incentives Program | Stephanie Lew of ACRCD

Carbon Farming Factsheet

Want to know more about the ways that farmers and ranchers can help mitigate climate change while improving soil health and increasing crop yields & forage production? Download the Carbon Farming Fact Sheet here to read more about carbon farming and how to get involved.