Abe Collins discusses his journey with Carbon Farming in five-part video series


Published on November 18th, 2014
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  “In the last 50 years, the regenerative agriculture movement has figured out how to build top soil thousands of times faster than is widely acknowledged.  This information still hasn’t filtered to the rest of society, but there are practitioners around the earth doing it.  One farmer figured out that by putting skim milk on the land from his butter operation he doubled biomass production in 30 days! Exciting things are happening.” Abe Collins

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Abe Collins has spent the last 15 years studying and developing management tools to grow new topsoil as a means of achieving food, water and climate security and reversing desertification.   He is a grazier and educator, and founder of Collins Grazing, New Soil Matrix, Inc. and New Soil Quantum, Inc.; and co-founder of Carbon Farmers of America.   Carbon Farmers of America is a Vermont farmer-owned company that introduced the idea and practice of accelerated topsoil formation as a means of mitigating and adapting to climate change to many farmers and policy makers around the world.

In 2010, Collins presented at the Quivira Coalition’s 9th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM.  The series looks at Collin’s journey with carbon farming and the importance of the underground economics of solving cities problems through topsoil formation.

Series 1 – 5:  The Carbon Ranch: Using Food and Stewardship to Build Soil and Fight Climate Change.

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Together Collins and Mark Krawczyk, owner of Keyline Vermont LLC and RivenWoodCrafts, will lead Keyline Farming, at the three-week Carbon Farming Course in February 2015.  Their three-day workshop (Feb 6 – 9) offers an integrated approach to broad-scale farm design and management that fully outlines all of the principles and techniques involved with the modern application of Keyline Farming.  It is an intensive blend of technical & practical sessions targeted at farmers, professional land managers, consultants, designers, earth movers and anyone with a strong interest in sustainable land management and soil creation.   For more on their workshop click here.

 

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Affiliate Marketing Opportunity!


Published on November 18th, 2014
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Would you like to get paid to attend the CarbonFarming Course? Or drastically reduce your cost of attendance? Or just make a few dollars on the side for a small amount of work? We are offering everyone the opportunity to get paid for telling your friends, family, and social networks about the Carbon Farming Course. You’ll make 10% of any workshop that people sign up for based on your recommendation.

Last time we ran the Course, we paid out $3,478 to folks who recommended the course. We’d like to more than double that, and pay out AT LEAST $7,000.
Here’s how it works:
  • You recommend the Carbon Farming Course
    • To your friends, family, and colleagues! By talking with them in person, forwarding them our e-newsletters, or sharing on social media.
  • They write down your name
    • When they sign up for a workshop, they write down your name as part of the registration process.
  • We send you a check
    • We pay you for 10% of whatever they sign up for!
    • For example, if they register for the entire Carbon Farming Course ($1995), we will send you a check for $199.50
We think the information that will be presented at the 2015 Carbon Farming Course is important for farmers, communities, and the whole world. We want to share it with as many people as possible, so that thousands more farms enhance their ecological and economic profitability. We are glad to offer this opportunity to you, so that you can help spread the word — and get paid at the same time!
Take a look at our Affiliate Marketing Program page.
Let us know on Facebook if you have any questions.
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Carbon Farming Course 2015 – All Workshops


Published on November 7th, 2014
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Take the entire Carbon Farming Course!

Sign up for the whole, 20 day long, Carbon Farming Course, and receive 39% off!

Early-Bird Price of $1725 in effect until December 15 2014

This special price is a 47% discount off the cumulative cost of each workshop at full price!

Attend all of the workshops:

  • Holistic Management
  • Keyline Farming
  • Carbon Farmers MeetUp
  • Carbon Farming Intensive
  • Financing Regenerative Ag
  • Living Soils
  • Restoration Agriculture

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Experience all of the trainers:

  • Greg Judy
  • Abe Collins
  • Eric Toensmeier
  • Ethan Roland & Guests
  • Dr. Elaine Ingham
  • Dale Hendricks
  • Mark Shepard
  • and more!

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Meet all of the students and attendees. Build your Carbon Farming network.

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Permaculture Specialist And Yale Lecturer To Join 2015 Carbon Farming Course


Published on November 5th, 2014
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International Permaculture Specialist, Eric Toensmeier, to Teach at Carbon Farming Course

Accord, NY, November 4, 2014 – The Carbon Farming Course 2015, the country’s premier educational opportunity in regenerative agriculture, is pleased to announce that permaculture specialist Eric Toensmeier is joining its training staff. The Carbon Farming Course 2015, a project of The Resilience Foundation, a global leader in sustainability education, is scheduled for February 3 – 22, in New York’s Hudson Valley at the Taconic Retreat Center in Milan.

“Meeting the challenge of climate change mitigation through carbon-friendly farming is both of utmost importance and really fascinating.  There’s no better place to learn all about it than the Carbon Farming Course,” said Toensmeier.

An appointed lecturer at Yale University and an international trainer, Toensmeier has studied permaculture and useful plants of the world for over two decades. He managed an urban farm project for five years, ran a seed company, and co-developed a farm business training curriculum that is now used in eight US states and three Canadian provinces.  He is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens.  He is currently writing Carbon Farming: a Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices, scheduled to publish in spring 2015.

“We are excited to have Eric as a trainer,“ said Connor Stedman, co-founder of the Resilience Foundation and lead organizer of the Carbon Farming Course.  “Eric’s expertise in the business planning and enterprise development aspect of carbon farming is incredibly valuable.”

“Currently much of the materials, chemicals, and energy that support our civilization are synthesized from fossil fuels. To address climate change this needs to end, and we need to learn to do without or use renewable feedstocks (raw materials),” said Toensmeier. “Imagine what the role of industrial crops could and should be in a free and ecological civilization. Perennial, non-destructively harvested crops, grown in integrated polycultures with food plants, livestock and more. Decentralized production and appropriate-scale technology could provide many of the needs of civilization in a fashion that supports regional self-determination. All while substituting for petroleum and annual food crop feedstocks and actively sequestering carbon!”

The 2015 Carbon Farming Course will host some of the world’s most charismatic, experienced, and practical thinkers and practitioners of regenerative agriculture.  In addition to Toensmeier, they include; Greg Judy, an internationally-acclaimed holistic management educator; Dr. Elaine Ingham, former chief scientist for the Rodale Institute and now President of Soil Foodweb, Inc.; Abe Collins, co-founder of Carbon Farmers of America and one of the US’s foremost expert on Keyline farming; and Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture and manager for New Forest Farm, considered to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.  For more information or to register visit www.carbonfarmingcourse.com.

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2015 Carbon Farming Course


Published on July 17th, 2014
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Accord, NY, July 16, 2014 — The Resilience Foundation, a global leader in sustainability and agriculture education, today released multiple opportunities for businesses and organizations to sponsor and participate in the country’s premier educational opportunity in regenerative agriculture, the 2015 Carbon  Farming Course. Scheduled for February 3 – 22, 2015 at the Taconic Retreat Center in New York’s Hudson  Valley, this is an opportunity for companies, organizations and non-profits to become good corporate  citizens. To support a philosophy they share and get their name and message in front of key people and  groups that support the mission of sustainable and regenerative agriculture.

“Severe soil degradation, rising input costs, and a chaotic climate are putting unprecedented pressure on agriculture. We’ve got to feed millions more people every year – but do it in a way that does not destroy soil, water, and local economies. Carbon Farming is the way to do it,” said Ethan Roland, Executive Director of the Resilience Foundation.

The 2015 Carbon Farming Course will host some of the world’s most charismatic, experienced, and practical thinkers and practitioners of regenerative agriculture. They include; Greg Judy, an internationally-acclaimed holistic management educator; Dr. Elaine Ingham, former chief scientist for the Rodale Institute and now President of Soil Foodweb, Inc.; Abe Collins, the Northeast’s foremost expert on Keyline farming; Eric Toensmeier, award winning author and permaculture specialist; and Mark Shepard, Author of Restoration Agriculture and manager for New Forest Farm, considered to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.

“Meeting the challenge of climate change mitigation through carbon-friendly farming is both of utmost importance and really fascinating. There’s no better place to learn all about it them the Carbon Farming Course,” said Toensmeier.

There are five sponsorship levels ranging from $250 to $20,000. Sponsors may also make in-kind donations of products and/or services.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities visit www.carbonfarmingcourse.com or contact Jeanne Rebillard at 845-518-4636 or jeanne@carbonfarmingcourse.com.

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Carbon Farmers Meet-Up


Published on June 16th, 2014
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Join other practicing carbon farmers to talk shop, discuss techniques, network, and connect!

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When: Monday, February 9th, 9am-5pm.

Where: Taconic Retreat & Conference Center, Milan, NY.

Format & Agenda:  The Carbon Farmers Meetup will be facilitated as a relaxed mini-conference, with a blend of round-table discussions, mini-presentations, panels, and open space.  The day will offer plenty of time to meet, connect with, and exchange resources with other visiting carbon farmers.

Cost: $35 includes breakfast and lunch.  The Meetup is being offered at cost of facilities and food only, to make it possible for as many carbon farmers as possible to attend.

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Carbon Farming Intensive: Science, Crops, Enterprises


Published on May 20th, 2014
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Early-Bird Price of $845 in effect until December 15 2014

Eric Toensmeier will lead this special 5-day intensive workshop covering the many facets of Perennial Crop Agroforesty including carbon-sequestering perennial agriculture crops, participatory exercises designing regenerative enterprises, and strategies for implementation. Eric will draw from his substantial experience with perennial crops and agroforestry the wold over as well as from his recent cutting-edge research as he writes Carbon Farming: a Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices

Perennial crop agroforestry

Perennial Agriculture is at the core of Carbon Farming technology.  For nearly two million years, ecosystems of long-lived plants and animals sustained the gatherer-hunter ancestors of all human beings on earth — these perennial ecosystems provided food, fiber, fuel, and ecosystem services while constantly increasing the health and biodiversity of the planet.

Prices of fuel, agricultural inputs and labor are rising. Now is the time to re-create these long-lived, low-maintenance, food-producing ecosystems on our farms, around our homes, and in our communities.

Carbon-sequestering agriculture and perennial crops

To address climate change we must transform agriculture to reduce emissions and sequester carbon. Perennial crops sequester carbon, and are a critical resource in this effort. We will look at the global toolkit of practices that integrate perennial crops with annuals and livestock. Some of these agroforestry systems actually sequester more carbon than adjacent natural forest! Unlike risky and expensive geoengineering efforts, agroforestry can have multiple social and ecological benefits. Key to this effort are non-destructively harvested perennial crops – no-till species which provide harvests for many years. With an emphasis on crops for the range of climates found in the US and Canada, we’ll look at:

  • Perennial staple crops for protein, carbohydrates, and oils;
  • Perennial industrial crops for materials, chemicals, and energy; and
  • Agroforestry support species for fertility, fodder, slope protection and more.

Small group regenerative enterprise design exercises

Scaling up perennial farming systems in the US and Canada presents many challenges, including business model development. We’ll look at enterprise selection, marketing strategies, budgeting, and financing. Small groups will develop and present farm enterprise ideas that:

  • Work as effective polycultures providing fertility, pest control, and livestock integration;
  • Share processing and marketing infrastructure to minimize costs and stack functions; and
  • Provide income during establishment years as well as long-term profitability.

Implementation strategies

Transforming global agriculture is an enormous challenge. Perennial crop agroforestry has much to offer the “MAD challenge”: mitigation, adaptation and development. We’ll look at what’s being done and remains to be done regarding policy, research, activism, and farmer movements.

 
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Holistic Management & Grazing


Published on May 20th, 2014
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Early-Bird Price of $495 in effect until December 15 2014

Greg Judy will lead this workshop covering all topics involved in setting up a profitable holistic grazing operation from scratch. You will learn how to monitor proper grazing treatments, soil building techniques, drought strategies, animal performance, economical water strategies, and so much more.

By focusing on the whole, we can manage our farms in sync with nature. We can heal our soils, watersheds and our livelihood with holistic management grazing practices, managing land, livestock, wildlife, and people together as a whole system.  Developing a healthy farm landscape can produce financial profits while sequestering carbon and bolstering the web of interconnected ecosystem services that we rely upon.

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At Green Pastures Farm in central Missouri, Greg and Jan Judy use holistic, high-density planned grazing to pasture cows, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, horses, and stockers. Greg is convinced that there is no better way to get into the grazing business then to lease fallow land, employ high density grazing, and use other people’s livestock to do it. Since switching from Management Intensive Grazing to Holistic High Density Grazing 3 years ago, the results have been breathtaking.The Judy’s use no lime, no fertilizer, no seeding, no chemicals, and no equipment.

Instead, the Judy’s focus on increasing animal density, trampling plants to form the litter bank, animal performance, and long grass recovery periods between grazing. Plant diversity has exploded along with increased grass quantity each successive year combined with increased profit.

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Living Soils


Published on May 20th, 2014
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Early-Bird Price of $495 in effect until December 15 2014

The Living Soils workshop with Dr. Elaine Ingham explores the soil food web, compost, and compost tea technology in-depth.  In the Soil Food Webs section of the workshop, Dr. Ingham will present on the biology and chemistry of the soil, soil food web principles and myths, the anatomy of roots and compaction, soil management for disease suppression, nutrient retention and C:N ratios, and more.  Participants gain a full picture of the soil food web including nutrient cycling and the nitrogen cycle.  The workshop will help students answer questions such as:

  • What form of nutrient do plants need?
  • How much N, P, K, Mg, S, B, and Ca do plants need?
  • What are the different soil organisms that build various types of soil structure?
  • How does the complexity of the soil health picture change during succession disturbance?
  • What are system-by-system approaches to different soil landscapes including: grasslands, row crops and orchards?
  • How do we fix the soil biologically?

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In the Compost and Compost Tea section of the workshop, participants will how to generate the the right organisms and the right food for any plant in question. Dr. Ingham will cover in detail the principles and paramaters of creating situation-appropriate compost and compost tea, including:

  • The definition of good compost
  • Factors in determining whether soil needs compost
  • The components of good compost tea: maturity, stability, standards, aerated compost tea versus not-aerated tea, plant-based tea, and more.
  • The compost tea production process
  • Compost tea use in successful programs for grasslands, row crops, or orchards.

 

During this workshop, Dale Hendricks will deliver a special session on biochar. Biochar is basically charcoal that is intentionally created to be put in the soil. It is a recalcitrant form of carbon–one that resists microbial degradation once in the soil for hundreds to thousands of years.

With origins in South American Amazon’s famous Terra Preta soils, biochar is often seen as a soil amendment that helps boost soil fertility and microbiology, upgrade soil structure, and accelerate plant growth. Amid a rising tide of research, what was once mostly fuel or water filtration media suddenly has sprouted dozens of new uses in animal feeds and bedding, composting, building materials, etc. It is touted as a versatile material with many uses and is the subject of a great deal of research.

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Financing Regenerative Agriculture


Published on May 20th, 2014
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Early-Bird Price of $125 in effect until December 15 2014

Agriculture is the foundation for a living local economy.  Agriculture is the fundamental process that transforms soil, water, and sunlight into the basic means of survival and economic abundance.  Much of the current global financial system does not understand this basic reality.  However, a small and growing network of farmers, investors, and entrepreneurs is quickly creating systemic change, and developing new pathways for financing regenerative agriculture. These world-changing organizations who participated in the 2012 conference include:

Financing Regenerative Agriculture is a participatory one-day conference that brings these networks together.  In the midst of the multi-disciplinary Carbon Farming Course, Financing Regenerative Agriculture allows farmers, landowners, and researchers to share their latest thinking and strategize with the entrepreneurs, investors, and foundation representatives who manage significant flows of financial capital in our current system.  With funders, producers, and consumers of agricultural goods all at the table, this conference is an action-packed exercise in associative economics.  The conference includes a series of presentations, panels, small-group breakouts, and cross-pollination discussions, capped off by whole-group plenaries and strategic planning sessions. Financing Regenerative Agriculture Connections

Details of the 2015 Financing Regenerative Agriculture conference to come soon. Please see the below schedule from the 2012 conference for an outline of what to expect.

 

 

Previous Conference Schedule: Carbon Farming 2012 

8:00am – Registration & Networking 9:00am Introduction & Framing 9:15am Plenary 1 – New Paradigms for Finance

10:00am Breakout 1 (Same speakers take questions) 10:20am BREAK

10:40am Concurrent Workshops 1 – Innovative Approaches to…

11:15am Open Space

12:30 Lunch

1:30pm Plenary 2 – Carbon Markets and Beyond

2:15pm Breakout 2 (Same speakers take questions)

2:35pm BREAK

3:00pm Plenary 3 – Investing for Regeneration

4:00pm Breakout 2 (Same speakers take questions)

4:15pm Action Planning & Next Steps

4:55pm Closing by Ethan

5:00pm END

 

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