This program, presented by Sharon Gensler from the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Massachusetts chapter, introduces the concept of carbon sequestration and provides homeowners with ideas about how they can help control their own carbon emissions with simple home gardening practices.
Dangerous levels of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere derive not only from burning fossil fuels, but also from land use changes like deforestation, industrial agriculture, and desertification. In fact, some scientists estimate that two-thirds of the excess carbon in the atmosphere derive from land-use changes by human activity. The good news is– 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 can mitigate climate change while also increasing the security of our watersheds, ecosystems and food systems. Soil Carbon Sequestration minimizes soil ecosystem disturbance by reducing or eliminating chemical inputs and tillage; promotes biodiversity above ground and below ground through inoculation, cover crop diversity, crop rotation, and the integration of perennials, annuals and livestock whenever possible, and keeps living roots in the soil for as much of the year as possible.
This program is made possible by the Connecticut Community Foundation and is a collaboration of the Roxbury Conservation Commission and the Minor Memorial Library as part of its “A Town Wants to Know” series on healthy soils.