We are continuously looking for new farms to join the CarbonToSoil project. If you are interested, please contact us by filling out the application form. Fill the form.
Are you interested in developing soil fertility via ecological farming practices?
Would you like to:
- Improve the crop yield of a problematic plot/field?
- Improve the soil’s organic matter and humus?
- Use less chemical fertilizers and pesticides and save in costs?
- Improve your skills as a farmer by experimenting with new approaches?
- Store more carbon into the soil?
- Analyze your field’s fertility via lab analysis?
- Create a long term plan how to fix the key problems of your plot with a little help from our experts of regenerative agriculture?
The unique mobile application, CarbonToSoil, is on a mission to reverse climate change by putting carbon back to the soil through regenerative agriculture approaches. CarbonToSoil is a non-profit project and it targets consumers and responsible businesses and communities. Via application anyone can convert a plot of land from a Finnish or global (in the near future) farm, and monitor weather data and see how the crops are growing through images. Users can also follow the soil conversion progress from lab analysis and in the future also from soil sensor data. The users will learn more about regenerative agriculture approaches and in the near future, they may also potentially command the application of additional carbon sinks, add trees and plants with long roots and much more.
Requirements for a farmer
- A farmer dedicates a small sized plot for the use of the pilot service. We are looking for particularly problematic plots. Within these plots, the farmer has not applied organic agriculture or regenerative farming practices. Please note that in dry land agriculture supplemental irrigation and water harvesting are needed to minimize production risks. Please inform us which type of soil could be allocated for this pilot project.
- Size of a plot in Finland: 5-20 ha (12-50 acres). (Other countries; the minimum and maximum size requirement is yet to be determined).
- Willingness to experiment with new approaches.
- Possible installation of soil sensors into different depths, e.g. 15, 25 cm. The need for sensors will be decided on case by case basis.
- Participating in a web based training session: regenerative farming approaches. We will also organize “face to face” training sessions.
- Signing a pilot contract between Cohu Entertainment and the farmer. Carbon to Soil -pilot is implemented during June 18th 2015 – March 31st 2016. We will reserve an option to extend the contract by 2–5 years, until to 2020. The contract includes items such as responsibilities, requirements and key duties.
- Periodic reporting of the applied regenerative farming approaches.
The benefits; why join Carbon to Soil project?
- In Finland, we provide financial support, about 100 euros per ha, for the
duration of the first growing season. A possible continuation of financial assistance will be decided after the pilot period. Financial support is only available to very problematic fields/plots. In regards to other countries, the financial support will be decided on a case by case basis.
- Cohu offers free education and training services to get the farmers started. We will also connect the participating farmers in order to facilitate the exchange of best practices.
- Cohu pays for one field sample per year from the plot dedicated to the CarbonToSoil project. The field sample measures the amount of carbon stored in the soil and analyzes the status of key nutrients. The initial field sample analysis direct the long term action plan which lists the key steps that are required in order to improve the soil and increase the amount of carbon.
- Cohu might install soil sensors to the fields dedicated to CarbonToSoil - project. Soil sensors provide real time data on the soil’s temperature and moisture. After the pilot phase, a farmer can purchase these soil sensors with a discounted price. Soil sensors are particularly suitable for fields which require a lot of watering and vegetables grown under open field.
- Regenerative agriculture builds the soil health and it regenerates unhealthy soils: it improves water retention and plant uptake, improves farm’s profitability, reduces costs related to the use of chemical fertilizers & pesticides and revitalizes traditional farming communities while ensuring biodiversity and resilience of ecosystem services and advancement of new farming practices
We are continuously updating the CarbonToSoil web pages. In the meanwhile, please refer to Facts page listing key links to regenerative agriculture.