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Carbon Farm Implementation

Funding is available to implement your Carbon Farm Plan!


Applications are due May 31, 2018 by 5pm.

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We recommend that you call the Marin RCD (415-663-1170) before filling out an application, and to work with your Carbon Farm Plan writer to complete your application.

By when do these practices need to completed?

Practices must be implemented by August 30, 2019. Final invoices for project installation must be in by September 15, 2019. 

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%; 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 if landowner applies by May 22, 2018. Contact the USDA Petaluma field office 707-794-1242 about your project!