California Farm Demonstration Network
The California Farm Demonstration Network is a collaboration among California farmers, ranchers, technical assistance providers, and statewide agriculture organizations working together to scale the adoption of conservation practices toward a shared goal of resilient and thriving farms, ranches, and forests.
EARTHseed Farm, headed by founder Pandora Thomas, is an Afro-Indigenous Permaculture orchard and diverse farm located just outside of Graton. Healthy soils are part of the solution to climate change. Can compost tea boost soil health and make soil more effective at drawing down greenhouse gases from the atmosphere? The state-funded experiment at EARTHseed Farm explores this question. This workshop is intended for farmers, land stewards, and technical service providers who are interested in learning more about climate-beneficial farming practices and the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Healthy Soils Program. In partnership with EARTHseed Farm, our project is studying the effects of actively aerated compost tea on greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon sequestration. Compost tea is brewed on site and applied directly to the orchard row. The research is being conducted by the Dept. of Geography & Environment at San Francisco State University.