Sonoma Resource Conservation District

Carbon Farming

The RCD is now offering assistance to owners of vineyards and rangeland to develop LandSmart Carbon Farm Plans. These plans assist landowners in identifying practices which encourage the sequestering of carbon from the atmosphere in an effort to not only improve productivity, but support the health of our environment. Carbon farming involves implementing conservation practices that are known to improve the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted to plant material and/or soil organic matter. Best management practices also increase soil water infiltration and holding capacity, increase crop or pasture productivity, and helps protect water quality while improving wildlife habitat.

If you are interested in hearing more, or would like to be included for future funding prioritization for carbon farm planning activities, please fill out and return our Landowner Information Form. Please contact us to learn whether grant funds are available for assistance in your area. In the future, we also plan to offer these services to orchard owners.

For more information regarding carbon farming on rangeland, dairies or confined animal facilities please contact Kari Wester, Project Manager, at kwester@sonomarcd.org or 707.569.1448 ext 101. For information on vineyard carbon farming services please contact Anya Starovoytov, Resource Planner, at astarovoytov@sonomarcd.org or 707.569.1448 ext 109.

 


                                                       Photo Credit: Native Bunch Grass, Marin RCD