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Harvesting Carbon as well as Crops

How can farming keep carbon in the soil?

If you live in New York, you can learn all about Carbon Farming and how it’s done. On Tuesday, August 23, the public is invited to take a tour sponsored by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York  (NOFA) called “Carbon Farming in Action” at the Four Winds Farm, a NOFA-certified farm in Gardiner run by farmers, Jay and Polly Armour. Four Winds is about 2 hour from New York City. Carbon Farming is simply farming in a way that reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions or captures and holds carbon in vegetation and soils. The Armours have been practicing carbon farming for 20 years with techniques that eliminate tillage that keeps carbon in the soil, where it serves as organic matter to feed crops, hold moisture and reduce runoff. Farming practices like this are essential to mitigating climate change because to keep the earth’s average temperature from rising less than 2 degrees, reducing emissions from fossil fuels is not enough.  We have to take carbon out of the air – and where better to put it than in the soil where it serves as organic matter, feeds our crops, holds moisture and reduces run-off.  Carbon Farmers have many practices to choose from to develop their plan and you can read about them here.

This event is sponsored by NOFA-NY through grant funding by Farm Aid and Clif Bar. Registration fees are $15/person or $25 for two or more people/farm; register at www.cvent.com/events/see-carbon-farming-in-action-/event-summary-0380a4ed32024be09de39d03e51a40a4.aspx or 585-271-1979http://users.bestweb.net/~fourwind/ or 585-271-1979

Pre-registration closes on August 19.

Four Winds Farm
158 Marabac Rd
Gardiner, New York 12525

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