Yolo County (February 22, 2023) – The Yolo Carbon Farm Partnership is hosting a two-part Carbon Farming workshop series to showcase on-farm strategies to improve soil health and increase the amount of carbon stored in plants and soil. The Yolo Carbon Farm Partnership is a collaborative between the Carbon Cycle Institute, the Center for Land-Based Learning, the Yolo Land Trust, and Yolo County Resource Conservation District.
The two-part series kicks off with an online webinar on February 22, 2024 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. The introductory webinar will feature an overview of carbon farm planning including introducing the typical components and associated tools. Funding sources for implementing carbon-beneficial practices will be highlighted, and partners will be able to discuss the logistics of working on these plans and implementation.
The webinar is followed by an in-person field day on March 7, 2024 at the Center for Land-Based Learning’s The Maples Farm in Woodland, CA. The in-person field day will dig deeper into the planning and practice of carbon farming featuring practices implemented at the Maples Farm. Many carbon farm practices are practices that farmers are already doing like cover cropping, adding compost, and planting hedgerows.
For decades, Yolo County has been a leader in agricultural land conservation. Carbon farming is the use of specific on-farm practices that take carbon emissions from the air and store it in soils and plant material. Adding carbon to soils helps improve soil health and a soil’s capacity to hold water while reducing carbon emissions in agriculture.
Continuing Education Credits are available for the online introductory webinar: 1.5 hours of CCA Sustainability CEUs and 0.5 hours of CDFA INMP CEUs. CEUs are pending for the in-person field day. This series is funded by a grant from the Yolo County Office of Sustainability.