Capacity Building


The Carbon Farming Network

Over the last five years, CCI’s capacity building efforts have focused on building a Carbon Farming Network in California, in partnership with local Resource Conservation Districts. The CF Network has come a long way in a short period of time. To date, CCI has trained over 100 RCD carbon farm planners and helped establish nascent carbon farming programs at 32 RCDs across California. RCDs, working with farmers and ranchers in their districts, have completed over 106  carbon farm plans, encompassing approximately 59,000 acres of agricultural lands, with a total estimated potential, if fully implemented, to sequester more than 1.5 million metric tons of carbon by year 20. [Read More]

Regional Carbon Farming Hubs

To continue building the CF Network, 40 California RCDs are self organizing into seven Regional Carbon Farming Hubs encompassing over 12.5 million acres of agricultural lands. Regional Hubs will capitalize on the strong institutional relationships that exist between RCDs, their historic collaborative relationship with the USDA NRCS, and the trust they hold with local agricultural communities. Establishing the Hubs, a three-year capacity building effort, will train and support additional carbon farm planners, hire seven regional hub coordinators, conduct regional needs assessments, develop five-year implementation plans, greatly expand climate beneficial agriculture outreach and education efforts, and establish regional Hub governance and technical advisory bodies. For detailed information on each hub, select the name below. 

The majority of participating farms and ranches (65%) have implemented at least one climate-beneficial practice in accordance with their carbon farm plan. An additional 58 carbon farm plans are in development, with a total estimated potential, if implemented, to sequester 852,000 metric tons over 20 years. Network members are currently working with producers in 39 counties, encompassing a diversity of climatic regions, ecosystems, soil types, and agricultural production systems, paving the way for broad adoption of carbon farming and soil health practices. 

Download North Coast Hub PDF

Download Greater Bay Area Hub PDF

Download South Central Coast Hub PDF

Download Southern California Hub PDF

Download Sacramento Valley Hub PDF

Download Foothills Hub PDF

Regional Hub Information Coming Soon....