Organic Carbon Farmers Changing Farming Tradition

Popular Science featured a new generation of farmers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, focused on “carbon farming,” or farming in ways that help sequester carbon in the soil. Small farmers who raise a diversity of crops are using practices such as rotational grazing, agroforestry, and permaculture to maintain soil cover and add organic matter to the soil. They discuss their neighbors’ receptivity to the new farming methods they use, noting that as success with yields is proven, more people will adopt more sustainable farming methods. However, Teddy Moynihan of Plowshare Farms also notes the challenges that climate change poses even for carbon farmers: “Many small farmers like us got into farming to be on the front lines of the climate change fight. What I realized this past season is that being on the front lines often means suffering the worst casualties.”