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THE POTENTIAL OF CARBON FARMING
"Carbon farming is a term used to describe a suite of crops and agricultural practices that sequester carbon in the soil and in above ground perennial biomass. If widely implemented, these practices have the capacity to sequester hundreds of billions of metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere in the coming decades. If we combine carbon farming with a massive global reduction in fossil fuel emissions, it can bring us back from the brink of disaster and return our atmosphere to the “magic number” of 350 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide (CO2)."
"Carbon farming can take many forms.
1) and simplest are modifications to annual crop production to reverse the loss of soil carbon from tillage.
2) we can incorporate perennial elements like trees or perennial grasses.
3) improvements to grazing and pasture management.
4) incorporating trees in pastures.
5) is the use of perennial crops in orchards and other monocultures.
6) are considered ‘other’ practices of perennial polyculture systems that include terraces, rainwater harvesting, amendments like biochar, and productive management of “wild” ecosystems."
How I feed 30 chickens for $1.25 a day
Daniel, your harvest looks so healthy!! A real testament to your knowledge of experimenting rewards you in a tangible way.
Smart experiment, Dan. Potatoes take a while to emerge, and after they have, of course, you can just rake up some soil over them if a freeze threatens.
Spuds already, Daniel? And corn? Beautiful. How I would love to have a longer growing season!
Great photos, Daniel. I envy your corn. Mine is a bust.
While my nectarines and apricots got wormy (despite spraying with furit tree oil), pears and peaches and persimmons (the 3 P's) look good. Apples, not so great.
More rain last night. Enough already! It's also been too hot to work (weed) in the garden. I think I've lost control!
The latest newsletter from the Silverthorn-farm.com says it all. It's been a week of recovery. The only thing I did to help was to cut up an obstructive tree. I'll do more when it cools off--either this week or in the winter!
A persimmon happy dance. A vision of joy.
Daniel, if we hurry really fast and set up production, we can make and market honey buckets!
Strawberries have taken-over a large part of the garden and produced a huge amount. Two weeks ago I saw a lot of large red ones that looked ripe so I ate some. Un-uh. Not ripe. Every couple of days I ate some, and still not ripe.
A week ago, a woman from the government organization that helps people with low income and seniors knocked on my door and ask if I wanted her to pick them for me. It sounded like she saw that there were so many that looked so ripe, that were not being picked, that perhaps no one here was able to pick them.
I told her that I was able, and they did look ripe, but the taste said no. Anyway, I then went out and picked a huge number of them because I didn't want her to think I was letting them go to waste.
Shouldn't have cared what she thought because most of them were still not ripe. They tasted like store bought ones. Today, I tasted some and found a lot were finally ripe, so I picked another huge amount. My raspberries are also starting to ripen, so I picked those also. Yummy!
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