Blog #10- On Farm Solutions to Atmospheric Carbon: Pt 3
The dream of owning my own farm started early as a child. Growing up in a hay field across from a dairy farm in Upstate New York, I had the freedom to explore the land in a way that seems almost untouchable to kids today.
Drinking from the brook behind our house (and not becoming ill), building countless forts in our woods, and reenacting scenes from Anne of Green Gables are some of my clearest memories. Looking back, this is likely the "Kool-Aid" that nurtured my foundational path toward protecting our most valuable natural resources.
I’d spend hours every day collecting wild plants, berries and other woodland items to then make into creations all my own. I threw hay on the farm in the summers and consumed raw milk from the cows I helped milk as a young hand without question of its health benefits and purity.
I fished for trout in the same clean waters I swam in and became acutely aware of the direct relationships between giving back to the land in reciprocity for the abundance shared with us.
Today, almost 20 years later and a parent to 2 beautiful human weeds, I am humbled by a deeper sense of importance to the small things that youth bring to the table. The anxiety tending the global-scale environmental issues facing us today is so drastic that seeing our world from the micro-climate lense of our children is a wonderful refresher on how we can think globally and act locally. It is in these tiniest of relationships that we turn our attention to a more direct focus and connectedness to our land. One that, when applied across masses, will ensure huge rewards.
In growing and scaling our small Finnsheep flock to serve an increasing local wool demand, we are keenly aware of the global urgency to not only deepen our understanding of the relationships between our regional textile industries and the land, but also to question how our warming climate may impact our ability to maintain existing global textile systems at such a massive scale. It is here that we turn to carbon farming as an intentional ecosystem service rooted in reciprocity through the bare nature of its function.
or ecologically restoring carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil and plant material at a more rapid rate than it is emitted, is essential. Wool farmers and ranchers have the greatest opportunity to impact regenerative grazing practices and encourage ecosystem self-renewal simply by the nature of the rotational grazing process.
Here on our farm, our soils are alive. We have found great benefit in soil and animal health when applying rotational grazing practices to our operation. Once overgrown field edge and sparse forgeability just a few years ago, are now biodiverse, lush, pastures drawing down carbon out of the atmosphere, and into our soils. This improvement not only closes the loop on atmospheric carbon capture, but awards farmers and ranchers low-input solutions that support a truly regenerative, self-renewing foundational platform for generations to come.
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