The Carbon Farming Solution With Eric Toensmeier

April 30, 2017

April 30, 2017

18:00 To 20:30

721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, United States

$5-free to students


Event Description

The Carbon Farming Solution

With Eric Toensmeier

 A Live Stream, Interactive Webinar Event on the SBCC Campus

with participating students, faculty, & the public invited

Including a panel of key community members

 Sunday, April 30, 2017,  6- 8:30pm

Admission $5, Students Free (with current i.d.)

 Location: Fe Bland Auditorium/BC Forum, Santa Barbara City College (West Campus) 800 Block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA

If every farmer in the USA practiced Carbon Farming, in less than 10 years,
we would sequester ALL the CARBON that has been emitted since the Industrial Age

Joel Salatin, POLYFACE Farm

 As the climate crisis heats up, agriculture is in the hot seat, not only as a contributor to climate change, but also as a potential solution. Eric Toensmeier has spent the last several years tracking both, and put much of what he learned in his seminal book, The Carbon Farming Solution.

Join us on Sunday, April 30th for a unique live interactive webinar on the SBCC Campus, as Eric Toensmeier discusses the potential of Carbon Farming, one of the best and most doable solutions for the Climate crisis, with an audience of students, faculty and the general public. 

 Carbon is a naturally occurring chemical compound vital to life, that provides soil its fertility and water holding capacity, but since the industrial revolution and the advent of modern farming practices, too much carbon has been released into the atmosphere causing climate disruption.

 According to Toensmeier, Carbon farming is a suite of practices that sequester excess atmospheric carbon while producing food and other necessary goods.  While doing so they often provide increased yields and ecosystem benefits.  The event will explore the global context,  but also focus on practices suited to California, including annual cropping, tree intercropping, grazing, silvopasture, perennial crops, and rainwater harvesting.  Collectively carbon farming practices are a critical component of climate change mitigation, an effort that requires a speedy transformation of virtually every sector of our civilization.

 Eric Toensmeier is a lecturer at Yale University, a senior fellow with Project Drawdown, and the author of several books on Permaculture.  Toensmeier is also the author of The Carbon Farming Solution: A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security.

Toensmeier will be joined by a panel of Santa Barbara community members, who with a diverse audience of faculty, students and general public, will pose questions specific to our region.  Hunter Francis, Director of the Cal Poly/San Luis Obispo Center for Sustainability, will be the panel moderator.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 30, 2017, 6- 8:30pm, at the Fe Bland/BC Forum, SBCC West Campus, 800 Block of Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93109.  No reservations required.  Parking is free on the West Campus on Sundays.  For more info contact,; 805-962-2571.

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Event Sponsored by:


Santa Barbara Permaculture Network & the SBCC Environmental Horticulture Dept.

 Cosponsors:  Community Environment Council (CEC), CAFES Center for Sustainability Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara Food Alliance, Quail Springs Permaculture, & Orella Ranch



 Learn more:

Permaculture Resources:

Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptation Inspiring Ecological, Social, Economic and Cultural Responses for Resilience and Transformation ; by By Dr. Thomas Henfrey and Dr. Gil Penha-Lopes

The Carbon Farming Solution
A Global Toolkit of Perennial Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Food Security
By Eric Toensmeier Foreword by Dr. Hans Herren

Articles referring to Carbon Farming & Other Resources:

Californias Grand Plan to Fight Climate Change on the Farm California/ lawmakers move toward paying farmers to adopt climate-smart practices.

Restoring Global Soil Quality Is One Of The Best Things We Can Do For Climate Change:
Little known climate change fact: Just the first meter of soil contains as much carbon as the entire atmosphere. And there’s potential to soak up much more.

Resilient Agriculture  Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate, by Laura Lengnick:

Radio Interview Episode 16, COP21 Insights from the Paris Climate Conference with Albert Bates:

Documentary showcasing the work of Joel Salatin & the renowned Polyface Farm in Virginia.


Santa Barbara Food Action Plan

What is a Food Action Plan?

A food action plan is a community-driven strategic plan that assesses how we grow, distribute, consume, and dispose of food. While each community tailors the plan to their specific needs, most share two common elements: they capture the aspirations of the community around food and farming, and they identify concrete things that can be done to improve the policies, programs, and individual actions that shape how food moves from farm to plate.


The California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a statewide coalition that advances state and federal policy to realize the powerful climate solutions offered by sustainable and organic agriculture.

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The aim of the Initiative is to demonstrate that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned.

Based on robust scientific evidence, the Initiative therefore invites all partners to declare or to implement practical programs for carbon sequestration in soil and the types of farming methods used to promote it (e.g. agroecology, agroforestry, conservation agriculture, landscape management).




Santa Barbara permaculture Network



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