Carbon Farming: positive change from the ground up

by Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit in 

We did it
On 10th March 2017 we successfully raised £4,255 with 27 supporters in 42 days

To encourage many more farmers to adopt Carbon Farming, helping tackle climate change whilst improving soils, food, water and farm profits.

by Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit in

Imagine that the food you bought came from farms that were absorbing carbon from the atmosphere – carbon that you and everyone else is emitting, which causes climate change. Furthermore, imagine those farms were profitable, supported lots of biodiversity, produced high quality food and managed water in the landscape. This can become reality through the widespread adoption of Carbon Farming. If scaled up world wide, Carbon Farming offers planet-scale solutions in tackling climate change, improving food quality, reducing water use and making farms more profitable.

 

How Carbon Farming works

Farms can absorb vast amounts of carbon dioxide in their soil and biomass. This is the main principle of Carbon Farming, and is a genuine solution to our urgent need to cut atmospheric carbon dioxide levels that are causing climate change. This project will uncover tried and tested Carbon Farming methods that farmers can implement with confidence.

Most farms are carbon negative, emitting more carbon than they absorb. By switching to Carbon Farming, farms can become carbon positive, absorbing more carbon than they emit. But for farmers to make these changes they need to understand the techniques, and be confident that these are practical, tried and tested, and profitable.

What we want to do

By carefully monitoring and advising 10 diverse trial farms across the UK, over two to three years, we can give many other farmers the confidence they need to implement Carbon Farming techniques. We will be carefully monitoring the carbon footprint of the trial farms, as well as soil organic matter levels throughout the project. We'll ask them what practices work for them and what impact it's having on their businesses. These tried and tested methods, backed up by evidence, are what farmers really need to make long term decisions.

We also want to improve the Farm Carbon Calculator, our free tool for farmers and growers to accurately work out their carbon emissions and sequestration. It's one of the best tools out there and we can make it even better. It's free for everyone and is designed by farmers so that it's easy to use. By making it even better we can get more farmers using it, and taking action to reduce their carbon footprint.

The best thing about Carbon Farming is that it's a win-win solution. Not only does it absorb carbon dioxide, there are substantial benefits for soil health, soil quality, biodiversity, water quality, food quality and farm profitability.

So what are we waiting for?! When farmers understand the benefits, have confidence in the techniques and see it working for others, widespread adoption of Carbon Farming could be just around the corner.

Together we can kick start a Carbon Farming revolution that works for farmers, society and the planet.

 

 

End of project event

At the end of the project there will be a large event where farmers who have been involved in the trials, other interested farmers, researchers, media, policy makers and project supporters will all come together to learn about the outcomes of the project, share findings and discuss future work topics. This will be fully recorded and disseminated for others to benefit from this project.

Funding

To make this project work we have set a fundraising target of £20,000. The interim targets mean if we raise the following we can achieve:

  • £3,000: improve and update our unqiue Carbon Calculator, and monitor one trial farm for two years
  • £6,000: improve and update our unqiue Carbon Calculator, and monitor three trial farms for two years
  • £9,000: improve and update our unqiue Carbon Calculator, monitor four trial farms for two years, make videos to share, and organise three events to share experiences with other farmers
  • £12,000: improve and update our unqiue Carbon Calculator, monitor five trial farms for two years, make videos to share, organise two events to share experiences with other farmers, and produce full annual reports to help disseminate information about the project
  • £15,000: improve and update our unqiue Carbon Calculator, monitor seven trial farms for two years, make videos to share, organise four events to share experiences with other farmers, and produce full annual reports to help disseminate information about the project
  • £20,000: improve and update our unqiue Carbon Calculator, monitor ten trial farms for two years, make videos to share, organise six events to share experiences with other farmers, and produce full annual reports to help disseminate information about the project

Should we be even more successful than we hope, we have a stretch target of £27,500. This will also enable us to:

  • Run the project for an extra year (3 years in total)
  • Run four more events for farmers, and make recordings of the event available to everyone
  • Improve the science underpinning the results due to more available samples and data. This will further enhance the project's credibility with farmers and policy makers.

For more details on the project please visit our website  http://farmcarbontoolkit.org.uk/carbon-farming-positive-change-ground

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

1 of 250 claimed

£10 Reward

Become a supporter and receive a free pack of special soil carbon building seed mix from Cotswold Seeds. You can sow this in your garden or allotment. You will also receive regular updates about progress and be acknowledged as a supporter on our website. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you.

£25 or more

2 of 200 claimed

£25 Reward

A native broadleaf tree will be planted, and looked after, on one of the trial Carbon Farming farms, with your name attached to it. Plus be an acknowledged project supporter and keep in touch with developments. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£50 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£50 Reward

Invite to a special event with 2016 UK Soil Farmer of the Year Clive Bailye, who runs an arable farm in Staffordshire. Enjoy tea and cake with Clive afterwards! A unique experience to learn about soil management on farm from an expert, and see the working of a modern and innovative arable farm at first hand. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£100 or more

1 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Experience day - a tour of award winning Westmill Wind and Solar farm in Oxfordshire, with FCCT director Adam Twine. Stand underneath the big turbines and walk amongst the rows and rows of solar panels. Over lunch with Adam you can learn more about his vision of providing affordable community renewable energy, and how the project came about. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£100 or more

1 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Experience day - a tour of Honeydale Farm, an experimental farm testing green manure and fertility building crops in the Cotswolds. Run by Cotswold Seeds, this is a very innovative project that aims to showcase carbon sequestration and fertility building in soils. Furthermore they are serious about encouraging wildlife on the farm. Over lunch with owner Ian Wilkinson, discover the importance of green manures to farming, the story of Honeydale, and Ian's personal journey to becoming a highly respected figure in the industry. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£100 or more

1 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Experience day - a tour of Hill View Farm, an arable farm that is also home to a very innovative solar PV and storage setup in Hampshire. Learn about the arable farming year, see the energy system in operation and walk around the machinery that is essential to modern farming. Over lunch at the local pub ask farmer and FCCT director Andrew Rigg about his journey through farming and interest in all sorts of renewable energy systems.

£100 or more

0 of 12 claimed

£100 Reward

Experience day - lambing at Hayne Oak Farm in Devon. Experience lambing at this pedigree sheep farm in this beautiful part of Devon, followed by lunch with farmer and FCCT Director Liz Bowles at the farmhouse. We will send you an electronic certificate as a thank you, and an invite to the end of project event.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Bronze business support. Your business logo promoted throughout the course of this project.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Silver business support. Your business logo promoted prominently throughout the course of the project. Get a free promotional stand at a end of project event.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Gold business support. A primary project supporter. Your business logo promoted prominently throughout the course of the project. Given a trade stand and speaking platform at end of project event.

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