Want to implement your Carbon Farm Plan?

Update on Funding Opportunities for Carbon Farming (April 2021): Link to the PDF

Marin RCD is currently helping several Carbon Farms implement their Carbon Farm Plans thanks to a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy through Proposition 1: The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, as well as, from Marin County Measure A and Marin Agricultural Land Trust’s Stewardship Assistance Program.

The Coastal Conservancy is a California state agency, established in 1976, to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, to help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and to sustain local economies along California’s coast. It acts with others to protect and restore, and increase public access to, California’s coast, ocean, coastal watersheds, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Its vision is of a beautiful, restored, and accessible coast for current and future generations of Californians.

At this time, we have allocated all of our carbon funding dollars. If you are interested let us know and we’ll contact you when we have another round of funding available. Meanwhile, the CA Department of Agriculture’s Health Soils Program will be soliciting for producers to submit applications for climate-beneficial projects. If you are interested in Marin RCD’s Carbon Farm Implementation Program, general information provided below will give you a sense of how we run our programs.

We recommend that you call us at 415-663-1170 for assistance or questions.

When Marin RCD has funding who can apply?

If you have a Carbon Farm Plan that meets the United State Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Carbon Farm Plan guidance requirements/ standards (available here: USDA NRCS’ Carbon Plan Guidance_3-18)  then you are eligible.

What projects are fundable?

Projects that improve soil productivity, water sustainability and greenhouse gas sequestration for agriculture and watershed resiliency on ranches in western Marin County

Possible carbon practices that you can propose for funding:

  • Management Practice: Compost
  • Agroforestry Practices: Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment,  Hedgerow Planting, Silvopasture,  Vegetated Barriers, Filter Strip, Grassed Waterway, Field Border, Herbaceous Wind Barrier, Filter Strips, Contour Buffer Strip
  • Riparian Planting Practices: Critical Area Planting, Riparian Forest Buffer,  and Riparian Hebaceous Cover
  • Supporting Practices: Riparian Fence, Water Development, Grade Stabilization Structure, Spring Development, Streambank Protection, Stream Channel Stabilization

What does the funding pay for?  

The program will pay 100%  for the planning, permitting, and design costs. Construction cost-share ranges from 75-100% depending upon the practice: funding will pay 100% for planting practices, while other practices are 75% (i.e. compost, filter strips).

Where is the funding coming from?

  • State Coastal Conservancy
  • Marin County Measure A
  • Marin Agricultural Land Trust Stewardship Assistance Program
  • USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program can provide cost-share. Contact the USDA Petaluma field office 707-794-1242 about your project!