Carbon Farm Plans

People gathered at Cal Poly Ranch to discuss carbon farming

Carbon Farming involves implementing 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.

At least 32 on-farm Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) practices are known to improve soil health and sequester carbon, while producing important co-benefits—increased water retention, hydrological function, biodiversity and resilience.

To create a Carbon Farm Plan (CFP), the Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) team works with a farmer or rancher to assess all of the opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and to improve carbon sequestration on their property.  Learn more at Carbon Cycle Institute.

Cal Poly Carbon Farm Plan

To develop a CFP for California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), existing conditions are assessed. Then the amount of carbon associated with each practice can be estimated by using assumptions built into a tool called the COMET-Planner. It compares the changes in carbon capture and GHG emissions between current and alternative future practices. CSLRCD holds workshops and seminars on the CFP for College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) students and the wider campus.

The working ranches on Cal Poly’s campus offer an unmatched opportunity to widely demonstrate the benefits of developing a CFP. The nexus between active land management and academia will broaden opportunities for outreach and education to current and future land managers.

Partners:

Carbon Cycle Institute

Cal Poly Ag Operations, San Luis Obispo and student voluteers

Funders:

Patagonia

RCD Contact:

Lindsay Ringer, lringer@coastalrcd.org

City of San Luis Obispo Carbon Farm Plan

In an effort to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035, the City of San Luis Obispo (City) has identified and is planning on ambitious goals across five key pillars that will form the basis of the City’s Climate Action Plan Update, including carbon sequestration. To support carbon neutrality goals, Coastal San Luis Resource Conservation District (CSLRCD) and the City will collaborate to develop a CFP and pilot demonstration project for the City’s Johnson Ranch Open Space and Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve, or “City Farm”.

Partners:

City of San Luis Obispo

Funders:

City of San Luis Obispo

RCD Contact:

Hallie Richard, hrichard@coastalrcd.org

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