Petaluma Community Guild Guild Compost Forum — Will Bakx: Carbon Farming
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UN ResolutionUN declared 2015 the International Year of Soils land degradation and drought are challenges of a global dimension and that they continue to pose serious challenges to the sustainable development of all countries, in particular developing countrieshttp://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/GSP/docs/iys/World_Soil_Day_and_International_Year_of_Soils__UNGA_Resolution_Dec._2013.pdf
From Gov. Brown BudgetHealthy SoilsAs the leading agricultural state in the nation, it is important for Californias soils to be sustainable and resilient to climate change. Increased soil carbon brings about many benefitsThe administration will bring forth new initiatives to increase soil carbonCDFA will coordinate this initiative under its existing authority provided by the Environmental Farming Act.
Soil Healthpromotes a resilient population of soil organismshas a symbiotic relationship with plant rootsis in balance with plant pathogens , insect and weed infestationsrecycles, conserves and fix nutrientsprovides good soil structure to maximize root penetrationimproves soil water managementmaximizes crop productionBenefits of CompostDiversity of microorganismsPromotes healthy plant growthTool in IPMNutrient managementImproves soil structureSoil moisture management
What is Carbon Farming?Carbon Farmingis farmingin a way that reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions or captures and holdscarbonin vegetation and soils. It is managing land, water, plants and animals to meet the Triple Challenge of Landscape Restoration, Climate Change and Food Security.RCD: http://www.goldridgercd.org/projects.html From: www.carbonfarmersofaustralia.com
Why Carbon Farming?Land management is the second largest contributor tocarbondioxide emissions on planet earth. Agriculture is the ONE sector that has the ability to transform from a net emitter of CO2to a net sequesterer of CO2
Climate Action 2020http://rcpa.ca.gov/projects/climate-action-2020/
Climate Action 2020http://rcpa.ca.gov/projects/climate-action-2020/P35, Goal 19: Increase Carbon SequestrationUnder this measure, the County would support increases in carbon sequestration in Sonomas working rangelands. Carbon sequestration can be increased by a variety of actions including, but not limited to, adding compost from local community waste or manure from dairy operations to the soil, planting hedgerows and riparian corridors, residue management, prescribed grazing, range and critical area planting, filter strips, and other measures.
Climate Action 2020http://rcpa.ca.gov/projects/climate-action-2020The County, , will complete an inventory of agricultural carbon stocks and an estimate of annual sequestration within 2 years from adoption of the CAP.
The County will explore the potential development of a local carbon farming offset protocol
Farm To Table With a Detour100,000 tons of organics is leaving the CountyEstimated that it may take 3-6 years to get a program back
On-Site CompostingFood (C:N Ratio, browns and greens)Air (Porosity, turning, forced air)Water (40-60%)Time: good compost takes time
Compost Pile at Benziger Winery, Glenn Ellen, CA
Gather & Stockpile Raw Materials
Water as needed
Hot Composting,But Not Too Hot
Monitor the Temperature
Upcoming Compost EventsMay 7 Soil Dynamics, The Mechanics of Carbon Farming Through Management at Live Oak FarmJune 8 Make Your Own Compost: Seminar for Landscapers and Small-scale Farmers at SRJC Shone Farm
Thank youQuestions?Will [email protected] 664 9113