One way toward a more sustainable fruit farm is by using less of an undesirable substance until a better solution proves itself.
U.S. farmers make their living raising crops from the soil each year. Now, some are getting paid for putting something back into their fields: carbon.
Like many small family farms, Eli and Jarom Hubbard, owners of Hubbard Ranch in Grace, Idaho, transitioned to growing organically last year in an effort to provide more sustainably grown food to their customers. But with less than favorable results in their first season, mainly due to weather, they knew they needed to make cost-effective adjustments.
Beer made from rice grown with less water, rye planted in the off-season and the sale of carbon credits to tech firms are just a few of the changes North American farmers are making as the food industry strives to go green.
Selling agricultural carbon credits is now a reality for U.S. farmers as Shopify prepares to finalize its initial high-volume purchase through Nori’s carbon removal marketplace. Upon completion, financial compensation will be delivered to noted Midwest row crop grower, Kelly Garrett, who is enrolled in CarbonNOW — a program developed by Locus Agricultural Solutions® (Locus AG) to lead farmers through the carbon credit process and maximize earnings.