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Carbon Farming Field Trip
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Learn the science and practice of how carbon is currently being captured in California soils, and its potential to restore balance within the carbon cycle in a way that will ameliorate climate change. Gain practical and hands-on knowledge around how your business or institution can support the implementation of Carbon Farming.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Business leaders, citizens, educators and researchers interested in carbon sequestration in California soils and embedding sustainable activities directly into supply chains.
QUESTIONS THIS TOUR WILL ADDRESS:
• What is carbon farming?
• How do we finance carbon farming?
• What is insetting?
• How can we use carbon farming to address the California drought crisis?
• How can we build a regenerative economy rooted in land-based practices?
• How do we support the farmers and ranchers that supply food and ecosystem services to our community?
Rebecca Burgess • Jeffrey Creque • Torri Estrada • Calla Rose Ostrander • Loren Poncia • John Wick
Join dozens of business leaders as we learn about viable ways to bolster community resiliency and an alternative to traditional carbon offset programs.
9:00 am - Meet in Petaluma to depart for beautiful West Marin in a Biodiesel-powered bus, and hear John Wick’s "Overview of Carbon 101" en route. (Parking is available from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Petaluma Fairgrounds parking lot where the Sonoma County Airporter departs. The biodiesel bus will leave from the north east corner of the parking lot by Java Hut, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma, CA 94952. MAP)
10:15 - 11:45 am - West Marin Compost Tour
Visit the iconic Lafranchi Dairy in Nicasio for a tour of West Marin Compost, the recipient of a USDA Grant to build a functioning composting business that cycles local waste streams into high-quality compost to be applied to Sonoma and Marin rangelands.
11:45 am - 12:15 pm - Biodiesel bus to next location
12:15 - 1:45 pm - Locally-sourced open-air lunch and presentations
Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch while you learn from Dr. Jeffrey Creque, PhD, Director of Rangeland and Agroecosystem Management at the Carbon Cycle Institute and Marin Carbon Project, about the process for creating and implementing Carbon Farm Plans.
Fibershed founder, Rebecca Burgess, will share a business case study focused on the VF Corporation, the first and largest textile corporation in the world that is financially incentivizing carbon farming to secure their source of Climate Beneficial™ raw wool.
Torri Estrada, policy director for the Carbon Cycle Institute, and Calla Rose Ostrander, Director of Climate Change Initiatives for the Rathmann Family Foundation, will discuss options for scaling Carbon Farming through public and private supports.
1:45 - 3:00 pm - Stemple Creek Ranch Tour
Hear from rancher Loren Poncia, who implements a Carbon Farm Plan on his ranch and raises certified Climate Beneficial™ grass-fed beef.
3:00 - 4:00 pm - Return to Petaluma departure spot