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Monday, October 23 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
Carbon Farming Breakthroughs - Building Soil to Radically Mitigate Climate Disruption
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Co-sponsored with the Marin Carbon Project

 “Climate change, quite simply, cannot be halted without fixing agriculture.” - Michael Pollan

Capturing and storing carbon in the soil—carbon sequestration—is among the most practical and promising ways to mitigate climate disruption on a large scale. Carbon farming also has multiple agricultural benefits: protecting against drought and flooding, enhancing fertility, and boosting production.

The Marin Carbon Project co-founded by John Wick, is one of the nation’s most cutting-edge research and implementation efforts in this domain, performing field trials, gathering rigorous data, and advancing scalable tools and practical models for widespread adoption. Calla Rose Ostrander, an activist with a background in climate policy, has been working with John Wick and many of the organizations in this rapidly growing field to advance these solutions at the state and federal level.

We’ll spend the day at the beautiful Stemple Creek Ranch in West Marin, a thousand acres protected in perpetuity in an agricultural land trust, which raises grass-fed beef and lamb using strict animal welfare practices, and which has protected three miles of riparian area and planted 1,000 trees to help control erosion, provide shade, and create habitat for wildlife.  We’ll discover firsthand how carbon farming practices work and their enormous potential. Our guides will be: Loren Poncia, rancher/owner of Stemple Creek (which has been in his family for a century); John Wick, rancher, carbon farmer, and sustainable land management advocate, co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and co-owner of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch in Marin; and Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor to individuals and organizations committed to stabilizing Earth’s climate who worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities of Aspen and San Francisco and also worked at Earth Economics and the Rocky Mountain Institute; Whendee Silver, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley; Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed, board chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute; Paul Muller, co-owner of Full Belly Farm, a pioneering northern CA organic farm; Puja Batra, Ph.D., founder of Batra Ecological Strategies, highly experienced sustainability consultant; Janaki Jagannath, coordinator of the Community Alliance for Agroecology; Elly Brown, Director of the San Diego Food System Alliance, a coalition with a mission to develop a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system; and Mark Shepard, CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Forest Agriculture Enterprises, author of Restoration Agriculture: Real-World Permaculture for Farmers.

Price: $195 (includes lunch)

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Calla Rose Ostrander

California Carbon Campaign
Calla Rose Ostrander, a strategic advisor/consultant/activist, works with leaders in California and the western U.S. to help re-balance the planet’s carbon cycle. Prior to her work with the California Carbon Campaign, she worked for 10 years in municipal climate policy for the cities... Read More →
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John Wick

Marin Carbon Project
John Wick, co-owner with his wife, Peggy Rathmann, of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch, an exemplary eco-conscious enterprise, is co-founder of and tireless spokesperson for the cutting-edge Marin Carbon Project, which seeks to enhance carbon sequestration in rangeland, agricultural... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Puja Batra

Puja Batra, Ph.D., founder of Batra Ecological Strategies, has worked as an independent consultant in U.S. and international settings on conservation-focused microenterprise, water security, urban ecological design, “carbon farming” and other sustainability domains with a wide... Read More →
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Elly Brown

Elly Brown, MBA, is the Director of the San Diego Food System Alliance, a coalition with a mission to develop a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system. Elly has had extensive experience as a strategic consultant for social impact organizations in the U.S., Japan, India, Uganda... Read More →
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Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed and board chair of the Carbon Cycle Institute, has 10+ years’ experience at the intersection of restoration ecology and fiber systems. She has: taught at Westminster College and Harvard; created workshops for many NGOs and corporations... Read More →
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Janaki Jagannath

Janaki Jagannath, an artist, musician, farmer, horticulturalist, plant breeder and activist, formerly with California Rural Legal Assistance, coordinates the Community Alliance for Agroecology, a group of California NGOs working to advance agricultural and environmental justice. She... Read More →
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Paul Muller

Paul Muller is a co-owner of 350-acre Full Belly Farm in Northern California’s Capay Valley, a pioneering organic farm dedicated to soil stewardship and climate friendly agricultural practices that grows 80 different crops and sells all its produce within a 120-mile radius to farmers... Read More →
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Loren Poncia

Loren Poncia, a 4th generation, highly environmentally conscious cattle rancher of his family’s spread, Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales, CA, raises all natural, grass-fed beef and lamb. His great grandfather Angelo Poncia, an immigrant from Italy, founded the ranch in 1902. Loren... Read More →
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Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard, a certified Permaculture Designer with a background in mechanical engineering and ecology, is the CEO of Restoration Agriculture Development and Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farms, a solar and wind powered 110-acre perennial, commercial-scale agricultural... Read More →
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Whendee Silver

Whendee Silver, Ph.D., Professor of Ecosystems Ecology at U.C. Berkeley, a leading researcher on the biogeochemical effects of climate change and the potential for mitigating those effects, serves on the Steering Committee of The Marin Carbon Project, conducting and coordinating its... Read More →

Monday October 23, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Stemple Creek Ranch 900 Burbank Ln, Petaluma, CA 94952