Description: The Marin Carbon Project is working with farms in Marin County, CA to identify a suite of carbon beneficial practices to create a unique plan for each farm. For example, the Strauss Family Creamery has developed a 20-year plan which reduces methane emissions and sequesters carbon dioxide (CO2). About 80% of the planned reduction in methane emissions comes from capturing methane in biodigesters and 20% from adding compost, planting hedgerows, and using rotational grazing. Biogas (methane) use on the farm has reduced fossil fuel use and costs for electricity and hot water. Grass production has increased, resulting in less need to buy outside feed.
The Marin Carbon Project assisted in the development and implementation of 21 carbon farm plans in four nearby counties by 2018.
Goal: Sequester carbon in working lands: Increase the capacity of a farm or ranch to capture carbon in the soil & vegetation (carbon farming)
Measurement: Increase the number of Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) developing/implementing carbon farming programs.
Time to Implement: Timeline of Carbon Farm Planning Process
Marin Carbon Farming Project
Final Report – Regional Carbon Farming
Marin Carbon Project
Carbon Cycle Institute
Marin Resource Conservation District
Nicasio Native Grass Ranch