Carbon Farm Planning

Carbon Farm Planning training

Through Carbon Farm Planning, trained experts can identify opportunities for carbon sequestration on working landscapes.

Carbon Farm Planning training

CCI conducts training sessions on Carbon Farm Planning every year.

Carbon Farm Planning training

Producers are an active part of the Carbon Farm Planning process. (Photo courtesy of RCD of Tehama County)

Carbon Farm Planning

(Photos courtesy of Marin RCD, except where noted)

Carbon Farm Planning (CFP) is a whole farm approach to optimizing carbon capture on working landscapes.  We start with the creation a Carbon Farm Plan (CFP), where our team works with a farmer or rancher to assess all the opportunities for GHG reduction and carbon sequestration on their property. CCI, working with Marin Resource Conservation District and NRCS, has created a process to develop CFPs, combining whole-farm planning and resource assessment approaches.  A set of online tools (COMET) developed by researchers at Colorado State University, NRCS, CCI and the Marin Carbon Project guides the process of developing a CFP and allows the quantification of GHG benefits. In addition to GHG benefits, there are other important co-benefits of implementing a carbon farm plan such as; higher productivity, increased water retention, hydrological function, biodiversity, and resilience.  Ultimately, the Carbon Farm Planning process allows producers to become Carbon Farmers by using carbon as the organizing principle to manage their land.

Download this guide by Lynette Niebrugge of the Marin RCD and Jeff Creque of CCI:
Carbon Farm Planning, Step by Step