2021 Carbon Farm Fund Report

Our 2021 Carbon Farm Fund Report aggregates data on the carbon impacts of this work, the types of practices producers have been implementing, state and federal support for carbon farming, and our work developing market incentives to drive change on the ground.

Climate Beneficial Fibers

Fibershed’s Climate Beneficial Verification program provides direct technical and financial support to farmers and ranchers for the implementation of carbon farming. Our monitoring and measurement tools include a combination of direct measurement, dynamic environmental systems models and satellite systems. These tools are used to annually verify the continual improvement and innovative work that our producer community has embarked upon to stabilize our climate while producing high quality fiber and food.

Carbon Farming Education

Our atmosphere has too much carbon, while soils around the world have too little. Agriculture can balance the carbon cycle and stabilize climate through carbon farming, which moves carbon from the atmosphere into plant life and soil ecosystems. We work with our producer network, and since 2016 our community has drawn down an estimated 9,274 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide equivalent. Fibershed is a leader in modeling carbon farming in our home community and expanding broad awareness of how fiber and dye-producing landscapes can restore balance to the earth’s climate, build resilience to drought, and increase our agricultural productivity naturally.

Cotton Systems Research

Flowering cotton fields are part of an annual agricultural cycle of food and fiber production in California. With more than millions of pounds of white cotton produced annually in the Golden State, as well as naturally colored Colorganic® cotton, there is a major opportunity to regenerate soil and water health across these landscapes. Fibershed is currently partnering with farmers and researchers to understand how carbon farming practices can be incorporated into cotton landscapes.

Bowles Cotton

Grazing for Ecological Resilience

From accumulated dry brush that fuels wildfires to excessive chemicals used to kill weeds, land management challenges can be met with grazing animals for a multitude of benefits. Prescribed Herbivory is a new term for a time-honored practice of moving livestock across the landscape to create ecological outcomes like fuel load reduction, increased water holding capacity in soils, soil carbon increases, enhanced biological diversity, the elimination of synthetic compound usage (nitrogen fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides), and enhanced agricultural productivity.  Learn more about the latest Integrated Crop & Livestock research and livelihood development by exploring our collaborative partnerships with Universities, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit colleagues.