The Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. NOFA/Mass welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it’s grown

Growing Organically Since 1982

Tips for Carbon Sequestration

Tips for Practitioners 

Farmers

  • Plant nitrogen-fixing cover crops and living row paths.
  • Reduce tillage with no-till rotations or shallow till practices.
  • Recycle biomass with livestock.
  • Replace pesticides and fungicides with diverse beneficial organisms.
  • Incorporate perennials, pasture cropping, and cover crop cocktails into your farm plan.
  • Inoculate soils with beneficial microorganisms and provide inputs that require microbial digestion (for instance, plant meals and micronized rocks and shells instead of chemicals and organic sulfates)

Gardener/Homeowner

  • Plant your lawn with diverse species, including deep rooted grasses and nitrogen fixing species like clover.
  • Mow or heavily mulch over weeds instead of pulling.
  • Incorporate multi-layer, perennial, diverse plantings into your yard.
  • Compost your yard waste instead of burning it or sending it to the landfill.
  • Plant nitrogen fixing cover crops and living row paths in your vegetable gardens.

Landscape Manager

  • Emphasize perennials in plantings (particularly native plants) and use annuals to fill gaps.
  • Minimize the use of pavement and unproductive mulch.
  • Use biological controls instead of fungicides and pesticides.
  • Incorporate nitrogen-fixing trees and perennials into the landscape.
  • Maintain diverse forested buffers and perimeters.
  • Mow, cut back, and/or heavily mulch over weeds instead of pulling.
  • Establish a composting area for your municipality or campus—or deliver to a commercial composting company.

Consumer

  • Purchase food from farmers that use regenerative and organic practices.
  • Reduce your purchases from large scale, conventional industrial agriculure which contribute to soil carbon losses and CO2 emissions.
  • Compost as much of your household waste as possible. 
  • Consume only grass-fed and pasture-raised meats; seek out farmers and ranchers who prioritizing soil building.
  • Invest your food dollars in local farmers building soil, invest your climate action donations and advocacy into reforestation and reversing desertification (rehydrating the land) locally and globally.

 Activist/Educator

  • Advocate against factory animal operations and for properly managed grass and pasture based farming.
  • Support replanting your local environment, support diverse meadows and deep rooted grass landscapes
  • Get to know diverse plants and biodiverse ecosystems in your region.
  • Invest your climate action donations and advocacy into reforestation and reversing desertification (rehydrating the land) locally and globally.
  • Study soil microbe biodiversity and support composting everywhere.

Policy Maker

  • Rule out synthetic nitrogen fertilizers on athletic fields, institutional and public park lands.
  • Promote municipal land management that supports biodiversity and reduces inputs.
  • Prioritize climate funding for carbon farmers and ecosystem restoration.
  • Align local building codes with biodiversity and habitat regeneration and protection.
  • Emphasize development projects that regenerate and preserve soil ecosystems.
  • Prioritize green infrastructure for coastal and inland flood management.

Investor, Funder or Business

  • Divest from agro-industrial businesses.
  • Support ecosystem rehabilitation efforts and transition support for farmers and land managers who are switching to organic management techniques and regenerative practices.

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