Marin Carbon Project
Stewardship of the land and long-term sustainability are integral tenents of our philosophy at Stemple Creek Ranch. That's why we are excited to partner with the Marin Carbon Project (MCP).
Established in 2007, this innovative non-profit is researching ways to harness atmospheric carbon caused by global climate change, and use it to improve soil content on farms. If successful (and so far it is), these efforts will increase the capacity and productivity of agriculture systems worldwide.
In the fall of 2014, the MCP asked three West Marin farms to participate in a decade-long trial carbon farming program. Stemple Creek Ranch, along with our friends at Straus Dairy and Corda Ranch, was chosen as a test case. After completing an initial soil assessment we spread organic compost over a portion of our pastureland to help capture carbon in the soil. This beneficial practice increases moisture retention and improves the growth of natural forage. We also utilize rotational grazing to naturally fertilize our fields and promote healthy soil.
The results so far have exceeded expectation! We are proud to be a part of the Marin Carbon Project study which is finding solutions that will change the future of farming.