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Why do we care about farms & forests?

This section includes both natural systems and working lands, both of which can suck carbon out of the atmosphere. Until recently, few of us concerned ourselves with the health of our soils, the source of most of our food. Because of its critical role in the cycling of atmospheric carbon, soil can be either a contributor to the heating of the planet or an integral part of the solution.

Trees, shrubs, and grasses move carbon from the atmosphere into the soil. Past land use practices, including deforestation and industrial agricultural practices, are responsible for a significant percentage of the excess CO2 in the Earth's atmosphere.

The bundle of practices usually referred to as carbon farming or regenerative agriculture has the potential to sequester (or draw down) large amounts of atmospheric carbon and store it in the form of soil carbon. Doing so results in increased soil quality, productivity, and water storage capacity, and a decreased reliance on irrigation and synthetic chemicals.

This bundle of practices has application on private and public rangelands and grasslands, city and county parks, urban streetscapes, and private yards and gardens.


Carbon farming techniques utilized on all of our agricultural lands and at all of our city/county parks. (Carbon farming practices include no-till, composting, windbreaks, managed grazing, creek restoration, and many others.)

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A diverse agricultural landscape that includes a wide variety of crops.

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Thriving local food farms that provide the majority of our food, while sequestering carbon, providing living wage jobs, and ensuring that economically disadvantaged areas, communities of color, and climate impacted communities have access to healthy food.

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Easy access to nutrient-dense compost. This may include local composting sites whereby residents can easily dispose of their yard waste and have easy access to nutrient-dense compost.

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A wonderful diversity of neighborhood/community gardens that empower communities to become more self-sufficient, give them access to healthy food, and provide space for community participation. Some may be in spaces reclaimed from pavement.

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Edible landscaping of all kinds throughout our urban areas.

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Drought-tolerant native landscaping throughout the county.

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A network of parks and open spaces accessible to all (without the use of a car.) An expansive area of protected wild and working lands will surround our towns and cities, providing valuable wildlife habitat, ecosystems services, and opportunities for people to immerse in nature.

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Tree planting on a massive scale. Street trees, trees around buildings, afforested grazing land, etc. Tree species will be selected for drought tolerance (native species strongly preferred), fire-resistance, plant community, location, etc.

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Wild lands fuel management that uses traditional techniques such as grazing, prescribed burns, and fuel removal to minimize catastrophic fire risk.

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Closed-loop systems that utilize waste products as fertilizer or fuel. This will include large and small scale composting operations, methane digesters on ranches to convert manure to biogas that produces electricity, and methane capture at local landfills to collect methane and produce electricity.

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What are we missing?   What is YOUR vision?

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Posted by Dr. Dan Levitis(Boyes)

Water is going to be one of Sonoma County's biggest challenges. Water for homes, farms, fire fighting, etc. Without thinking seriously about water we can have all the lovely trees and farms and homes we want and still run completely dry. We need to manage our farms, our home, our wetlands, our street trees, our wetlands, etc. with water conservation and groundwater recharge in mind. No water, no life.

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Posted by Angela Conte(Santa Rosa)

Agriculture and Forests for People, Managed by the People, within their local communities. A permaculture guided green infrastructure development plan in each community based on numbers of residence that requires so much edible food + natural forest per residence and designates local land for these vegetation holding areas to reduce urban sprawl and produce food and carbon for people and the earth in each community. This is different from parks, which we need for recreation, because it's permaculture balanced food and forests, and not corporate or private farming alone, as we now have. This leaves business farming to far outside of residential communities while allowing for local organic agriculture and nature within them. It is community managed human centric food and eco-forest development for all. It allows for several neighborhoods to have both natural food and forest production close by per capita.

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