Hudson Carbon monitors how the land responds to farming practices being carried out by Stone House Farm and The Churchtown Dairy, both situated in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley. Stone House Farm has been an example for the regional farming community for over thirty years: first, as a leader in regional conventional corn/ soy yields, and today as a one of the first farms of its scale to make a complete transition from GMO soy and corn production to a diversified organic operation that has incorporated regenerative practices wholesale. Many farms have attempted a similar transition to this new paradigm; Stone House Farm is unique in its complete and successful transition of all operations. By undergoing this transition, which began in 2013, Stone House Farm has set out to prove that land can be valued as an ecological resource while producing viable agricultural yields.
Our initial research indicates that our Farm is sequestering more methane and carbon dioxide within the soils than is being released into the atmosphere by our cropping and livestock management. Furthermore, initial research indicates that we are efficiently capturing and holding nitrogen and phosphorus within our soils, keeping them from polluting our water table.
The Farm uses regenerative practices, such as cover-cropping, reduced-till and no-till practices, planned grazing, use of compost tea and biological inoculants, and long-term rotations incorporating perennial crops. We believe it is essential that these practices are scientifically verified to sequester carbon and restore soil health. International scale adoption of these practices have the potential to mitigate climate change.
Our goal is to provide a replicable model for regenerative farming techniques that is both ecologically sound and economically viable. Most importantly, we believe that farmers using these practices should be paid for their service to the environment.
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