The Marin RCD provides farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance leading to the implementation of carbon beneficial practices for our Carbon Farming Program. Since 2008, the RCD has been directly involved in carbon sequestration research with our Marin Carbon Project partnership to investigate the carbon sequestration potential of local farming practices. This work is expected to enable farmers and ranchers to help Marin County achieve carbon neutrality and, in turn, enhance the sustainability of agriculture.
The program started with three demonstration carbon farms in 2013 and this year the program has expanded! In 2016 our partnership will be developing eight Carbon Farm Plans with twelve more planned in the following two years thanks to funding provided by the CA State Coastal Conservancy Climate Ready Program, 11th Hour Foundation and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Presently 8 Carbon Farm Plans are being written and we are looking for at least four more plans to write. Apply to be a Carbon Farm; applications ( available here: 2017 Carbon Farm Plan Application) are due April 14, 2017 by 2pm.
How were those farms selected?
- All farms in Marin County were sent a solicitation notice asking them if they wanted to be a demonstration Carbon Farm
- Interested farms were visited by a Technical Advisory Committee who ranked the projects with a selection criteria. The selection criteria included but was not limited to the farm’s ability to message and transfer the goals of the project and the carbon sequestration potential of the farm.
- The highest ranking farms were selected to participate in the program.
The intention of this project is to follow suit with the greater Marin Carbon Project which is actively working to:
- ensure a fair price for sequestered soil carbon for local farmers and ranchers who want to incorporate carbon farming on their land
- retain financial, environmental, and social benefits from Marin County soil sequestration within the community,
- maximize the environmental benefits of Marin soil carbon projects,
- create accountability and awareness of climate change issues,
- ensure sustainability of local food production,
- build strong rural-urban links,
- create a powerful educational resource, and
- renew optimism about the potential for positive impacts through informed actions.
To learn more about the project, partners and groundbreaking news go to: www.marincarbonproject.com or contact us if you would like to participate!