CLIMATE - SOIL - BALTIC SEA

What is Carbon Action?

The goal of the Carbon Action-pilot project is to promote the spreading of climate-friendly farming practices in Finland and to help farmers find soil carbon sequestration practices most suitable for their own farms. A group of one hundred voluntary farms, willing to promote research on carbon sequestration and to introduce research-related practices in Finland, are admitted to the pilot project.

How Carbon Action works?

Carbon Action is a farmer-based project constantly taking shape in interaction with the farmers. It has become clear that the farmers are looking for new information on soil carbon sequestration and soil health, and it will be provided in the project. In addition to information, the project provides a broad range of methods on how to promote development of carbon sequestering farming practices and how to raise awareness of those practices. For the farms involved Carbon Action provides opportunities for networking, creating small groups locally and sharing experiences with the nation-wide carbon network. Each carbon farmer may participate in the pilot project as little or as much as they like, but some things are expected from all the farms involved in the project.

What is done at Carbon Farms?

Carbon Farms get to select the farming practices suitable for their own needs as they implement and test out farming practices that aim to sequester carbon and improve soil health. Ten Carbon Farms are selected for thorough studies on how to speed up the soil carbon sequestration. Qvidja Farm is also involved, and multiple factors are studied simultaneously on that site. However, as the goal is to collect research material from all the farms, each farm is on its part involved in advancing the research and developing practices that maximize carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.

In order to achieve the goals of research and developing farming practices, the farms are expected to do the following:

  • Select one approx. 3 ha plot as a test plot, which is divided into an experimental section and a control section
  • Collect soil samples from the test plot at the beginning of the project, as well as take proper notes on practices and the costs of those
  • Build a soil organic matter management plan for the test plot and follow it
  • Commit to the training provided by the project (one contact opening training, remote participation is possible in other trainings)
  • Answer questionnaires and/or interviews (max. twice a year)
  • It is considered desirable to participate in the closed discussion group
  • More details are given after registration as a Carbon Farm

Examples of the practices done on fields:

  • Increasing photosynthesis by increasing vegetation cover, lengthening the period of growth and selecting crops and strains that increase yields
  • Management of soil structure and health
  • Reduced tillage
  • Increasing soil organic matter content by addition of manure, recycled fertilizers and soil amendments
  • Diversified crop rotation and crop diversification

Carbon farmers involved in the project will get:

  • A starting package
  • Free training on soil carbon sequestration and soil health, as well as an opportunity to influence the contents of the trainings, excursion sites and local activities
  • Tools to achieve well-managed soil and good soil health, which result in
    • increased yields and equity ratio
    • improved buffering capacity of the field against variable conditions
  • A network of carbon farmers and peer support from other farmers
  • Access to the most recent and best global knowledge on carbon farming
  • An opportunity to actively act as a pioneer and a solver of global and local challenges – such as climate change and problems in the Baltic Sea, as well as a developer of carbon sequestering farming practices and a promoter of research on those practices

THE 100 FARMS HAVE NOW BEEN CHOSEN!

Ask for more information!

Designer – Co-operation with farmers
Baltic Sea Action Group
Sanna Söderlund
sanna.soderlund@bsag.fi
+358 40 777 5515