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