2 hours ago
Yesterday's Food, Fiber, and Farms of the Future event was a reminder of how Dr. Jeff Creque, a director of the Carbon Cycle Institute, often says "in a sense, all farming is carbon farming." Yet walking the land at @StempleCreek , we heard how Loren and his team, including support from @MarinRCD , have been consciously shifting their landscape management for a decade to draw down more carbon through agriculture, incorporating practices that have increased soil carbon content while restoring the health of the creek, encouraged perennial forage production, and increased water holding capacity. These place-based practices like planting trees, prescribed grazing, and applying compost, are a hopeful future of food & fiber systems not only because each practice encourages the movement of carbon from the atmosphere, through photosynthesis & the liquid carbon pathway, and into the soil, but because the co-benefits support our community's resilience and sustenance in a changing climate. There are many ways to support and take part in this work, and this weekend the Chico Flax Project ( @chicoflaxtolinen ) is hosting a hands-on weekend of hedgerow planting: an 8 foot wide span that will cover 1600 linear feet and will include Red Bud, Blue Elderberry, Coffeeberry, California Buckwheat, Salvia Bees’ Bliss as well as other native California plants. This mixed hedgerow will provide insects, birds, and animals a habitat that is sustainable as well as producing year-round flowers and a source for natural dyes. More plants means more photosynthesis, so yes this hedgerow will enhance carbon sequestration -- and much more! Photo by @paigegreenphoto of flax growing this spring at the Chico Flax Project field: imagine next year's crop harvest alongside a vibrant hedgerow.