Marin is home to many pioneers of organic agriculture, including the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi (Straus) and the longest standing organic vegetable grower in California (Star Route Farms). It is also the home of the Marin Carbon Project which conducted early research into the carbon-sequestration potential of rangeland and pastures.
In many ways, Marin’s farmers and ranchers are the original environmental stewards, caring for soil, water and air so that they can, in turn, nourish their animals and crops. Oftentimes, attending to needs of the greater ecosystem provides a net benefit to the productivity and efficiency of your ag operation.
Below are some resources for building greater sustainability into your farm or ranch practice.
- UCCE Marin Alternative Weed Management Workshop & Resources
- Soil Quality Management for Organic Crops
- Soil Fertility Management for Organic Crops
- Western SARE Learning Center
- Rainfall Capture and Storage for Marin Agriculture
- Marin Carbon Project
- Getting started with Organic Certification
- Energy Efficiency and Renewables
- UCCE Marin Composting Resources Page
- NCAT-ATTRA Soils & Compost Resource Page
- NCAT-ATTRA Livestock & Pasture Resource Page
- UCANR Cover Crop Directory
- UC Davis Ag Sustainability Institute Conservation Tillage page
- UC Davis Sustainable Agriculture Institute’s Ag & the Environment Resources
- Find funding for conservation and GHG reduction practices