Carbon farming

A new approach to carbon farming

BACKGROUND

What is carbon farming?

Carbon farming is a method of farming that is in tune with the land, people and ecology. It helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving the soil’s ability to capture and hold carbon, creating a number of long-term benefits for the ecosystem, and farm profitability along the way. Carbon farming focuses on the carbon storing capacity of soil, using a customised approach to amplify carbon sequestration in a short time.

OUR APPROACH

The Carbon Trading principles.

To help you get the most value out of your soil, Carbon Trading works with five principles to restore land and promote a healthy, diverse ecosystem. These principles can be applied to your farm in a way that works best for you, together with training and education to help you enhance soil biodiversity, increase profitability and reduce the need for fertilisers and other inputs. 

Keep soil covered.

By keeping your soil covered, you help to reduce water and wind erosion, decrease evaporation, moderate soil temperatures and suppress weed growth for long-term benefits.

Establish living roots.

Keep a living root in the ground for as long as possible, including sowing species from multiple plant groups together. Living plants produce exudates which feed soil life and renew soil particles.

Integrate animals.

By integrating livestock, you can significantly increase the availability of major nutrients in the soil compared to crop land where livestock are absent.

Minimise disturbance.

Try to limit any mechanical, chemical and physical disturbance of soil whenever possible. This will help the soil to capture and hold more rainfall, leading to lengthier growing seasons and healthier crops.

Encourage diversity.

The more diversity, the better. Every plant you sow can help to improve soil health and reduce reliance on fertilisers and other inputs.