Our atmosphere has too much carbon. We mindfully choose practices that aim to draw down carbon dioxide into the soil to restore balance to the earth’s climate, which builds ecological resilience to buffer the impact of drought, and to be part of the solution to climate change.
Carbon farming works through the photosynthesis process when plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air. The plants turn the carbon into sugars and other carbon compounds and secrete them through the roots. Some of these compounds serve as food for microorganisms. These microbes break down organic substances into the soil making it easier for the plants to absorb the nutrients. The secretions from these microbes and waste matter from creatures in the soil like earth worms bind the soil together or aggregate it. Aggregated soil has spaces that allow for the air and water to flow, and these spaces also create room for roots to grow. This forms a cycle where the more the ecosystem in the soil flourishes, the better the soil’s condition and the higher the amount of carbon in the soil.
With improved plant life, the carbon is naturally stored in the vegetation, and the increased vegetation mitigates the risk of soil erosion. Aggregated soil resist breaking apart when exposed to forces such as water and wind erosion. Improved resilience and health of our soil increases carbon sequestration into our soil and plant life while improving air quality.