Sprouts in SoilThe Problem: Dangerous levels of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere derive not only from burning fossil fuels, but also from land use changes.  Estimates suggest that agriculture is responsible for one quarter of greenhouse gas emissions globally.

The Solution: Farmers can and must be part of the solution to climate change.  With changes to farming, ranching and gardening practices, we can reverse the global trend of soil carbon losses and instead return atmospheric carbon back to the soil. Building soil carbon and soil health increases the profitability and climate resilience of farms by making soils more drought and erosion resistant while reducing input needs. And, it is a climate change mitigation strategy that simultaneously increases the security of our watersheds, ecosystems and food systems.   (Credit: www.nofa.org)

Thanks to the generous support for the Conservation Innovation Grants through the National Resource Conservation Service and the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grants – and the support of our members and donors – we at CT NOFA are engaged in a 3 year, multi-state research initiative to better understand best practices around organic no-till and reduced tillage in farming.