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The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District in Sonoma County facilitates stewardship projects to address water quality, climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem health, and water quantity on private and public lands by providing technical assistance, outreach, education and project implementation. Gold Ridge RCD provides non-regulatory, confidential, free assistance to our community.

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Gabriel Farm studies on-farm carbon sequestration

Torrey and Lucy Olson have always been innovators. Twenty-five years ago, Lucy attended UC Santa Cruz to study organic farming at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. As she learned about how important nutritious food is to communities and about the positive ecological impacts that organic, diversified farms can have on the landscape, Lucy became convinced that farms could be an impressive force for good. When she and Torrey Olson made the move to purchase and operate Gabriel Farm in 2000, it was a declaration of their commitment to “farming the good” in Sebastopol.

But still, Torrey and Lucy felt there was room to do more on Gabriel Farm. When Torrey, a Board member for the Gold Ridge RCD, learned about a program of the CA Dept of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) that supports farmers in demonstrating practices that enhance their farm’s soil health to combat climate change, he was interested. Working together, the RCD and Torrey applied for and received funding from the CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program to demonstrate an innovative approach to managing the orchard floor.


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