quote from Ryals and Silver, 2013

Which practices are best suited for a farm or ranch will vary based on ecological and other factors. Fibershed has produced a series of Carbon Farming Quick Guides on specific practices that are highly popular and beneficial in the Northern California Fibershed. Click on each Quick Guide below to learn about the benefits of the practice, an overview of how the practice is implemented and generally associated costs, complementary practices, and a list of regional technical support opportunities.

Quick Guide: Compost on Rangelands

Download the Quick Guide on Compost Application on Rangelands

Quick Guide: Compost on Croplands

Download the Quick Guide on Compost Application on Croplands

Quick Guide: Cover Crops

Download the Quick Guide on Cover Crops

Quick Guide: Hedgerows

Download the Quick Guide on Hedgerow Planting

Quick Guide: Silvopasture

Download the Quick Guide on Silvopasture

Quick Guide: Windbreaks & Shelterbelts

Download the Quick Guide on Windbreaks & Shelterbelts

Quick Guide: Riparian RestorationDownload the Quick Guide on Riparian Restoration

Additional practices that are recognized for benefits in carbon farming include:

Conservation Crop Rotation
Contour Buffer Strips
Critical Area Planting
Cross Wind Trap Strips Conservation Cover
Filter Strip
Forage and Biomass Planting
Forest Stand Improvement
Forest Slash Treatment

Grassed Waterway
Herbaceous Wind Barriers
Mulching Multi-Story Cropping
No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed
Nutrient Management
Prescribed Grazing
Range Planting
Residue and Tillage Management
Tree/Shrub Establishment
Water Development
Wetland Restoration
Vegetative Barrier

Carbon Farming practices

Are you a land steward who is interested in adding carbon farming practices to your farm or ranch?

If you are based in Northern California, please click here to join Fibershed’s Producer Program, which includes access to our technical support and resources for participating in our Climate Beneficial Fiber Verification program. Fibershed offers a range of opportunities including educational field walks and pasture visits for peer-to-peer learning, soil sampling, guidance in accessing implementation funding through State and regional grants as well as our own Carbon Farm Seed Fund.

In our video webinar “Carbon Farming in the Northern California Fibershed,” you can hear how fiber producers at various scales are planning and implementing carbon farm practices on their land. Learn about models like Climate Beneficial Wool and resources including the Healthy Soils Program that are helping to establish a growing network of carbon farming practitioners on our landscape. Presenters include Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director, Fibershed; Heather Podoll, Partnerships & Advocacy Coordinator, Fibershed; Erin Walkenshaw; Amy Skezas, Meridian Farm; Jim Jensen, Jensen Ranch; Sarah Keiser, Wild Oat Hollow (slides linked)

If you are based in California but outside the Northern California Fibershed, we recommend learning more and exploring resources available through: your local Resource Conservation District or Natural Resources Conservation Service office, UC Cooperative Extension office, California’s Healthy Soils Program, or programs like CSU Chico’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems.

For producers outside of California, you may be interested in connecting with your local Fibershed Affiliate (where applicable; not all Fibershed Affiliates focus on carbon farming education at this time), or resources like your local equivalent of a Resource Conservation District. Our partners at the Carbon Cycle Institute offer additional online resources to understand carbon farming and carbon farm planning, and are working to establish national networks of support for these activities.