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! Presently, eight Carbon Farm Plans are being written and we are going to start writing four more plans with an additional three farms in queue.
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.
Carbon Farm Plan templates are available for rangelands, vineyards, orchards and forests thanks to a group effort by the North Bay RCDs. Templates can be found at the various RCD’s carbon farming links below:
To learn more about the project, partners and groundbreaking news go to: www.marincarbonproject.com or contact us if you would like to participate!
Update on Funding Opportunities for Carbon Farming (April 2021): Link to the PDF
Thank you to the funding agencies who have supported this program:
- The 11th Hour Foundation
- California State Coastal Conservancy
- The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1)
- Marin Community Foundation
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Conservation Innovation Grant, Regional Conservation Partnerhship Program
- The Seed Fund
- Give a Shuck, Hog Island Oyster Co.
- The ROAR Foundation
- Marin Agricultural Land Trust’s Stewardship Assistance Program
- Anonymous Foundation