demonstration farms

MCP’s Implementation Task Force is engaging agricultural producers as ecosystem stewards to provide on-farm ecological benefits, improve agricultural productivity and economic sustainability, and mitigate global climate change through carbon farming.

MCP’s goal is to develop a countywide agricultural carbon sequestration program with producer outreach, technical infrastructure, economic supports, and scale to serve as a model for other regions in California, the western US, and the nation.  MCP has begun working towards this goal by launching a soil carbon program in Marin County, starting on three farms, and securing the policy and economic supports necessary to support adoption of carbon-beneficial practices at scale in Marin County.  

Three Demonstration Farms

In 2013, MCP launched a year-long carbon farming program on three farms in West Marin: Stemple Creek Ranch (700 acres), Straus Dairy (500 acres), and Corda Ranch (1,200 acres).  After performing extensive baseline soil sampling and rangeland assessment on these farms, close to 4,000 cubic yards of compost supplied by West Marin Compost was applied on nearly 100 acres of rangelands on these farms. 

What's next? 

MCP’s Implementation Task Force worked with these farms and the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office to identify a suite of farm management practices to compliment compost application in a manner that builds soil carbon and soil health and improves productivity and forage.  Each farm has developed a comprehensive carbon farm plan, including known climate-beneficial practices such as windbreaks, riparian and range management improvements, and grass, plant and tree establishment.

The Stemple Creek Ranch, Straus Dairy and Corda Ranch CFPs are written and are now in implementation stage. In the coming three years, 20 more CFPs will be written for Marin County farms and ranches.

Stay tuned to our Carbon Farming page for updates as we continue to farm for carbon.