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Carbon Conversations

January 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free

Video filmed at the event by Bright Path Video.

soil-to-soilBringing together the work of the Carbon Cycle Institute and Fibershed for a community conversation on our climate and the agricultural solutions that are at hand.

We had many enlightening dialogues with people after our Wool Symposium event on Nov. 16th of this year. So many of you are interested and compelled to understand the carbon cycle and how we can, through our understanding and enhancement of it, create a positive change for our climate while regenerating our soils and restoring our water, food and fibersheds.

On January 14th, at the Petaluma Seed Bank, we will expand on this climate conversation by taking your direct questions, and having them answered by the scientists, policy analysts, and catalyzers of the agricultural movement who are working on these land-based solutions. Please note: In addition to the event in Petaluma, we will also be streaming live on this page.

Do you have questions about:
1) Compost applications
2) Climate policy
3) Climate change as a whole
4) The carbon cycle
5) The Soil-to-Soil model for climate beneficial clothing
6) Peer-reviewed research (downloadable PDFs below)
Other related subjects?

Please send your questions to: fibershed@gmail.com

Our community conversation is based on a shared understanding and knowledge (provided by the Carbon Cycle Institute):

• Climate change cannot be addressed through reduction of greenhouse gas/carbon emissions alone; we also need solutions that reduce the “legacy load” of carbon in the atmosphere.
• Effective and long-lasting carbon cycle solutions will incorporate the “three Es” – environment, economy, and equity.
• Climate change solutions should have ancillary benefits for human health, ecosystems and long-term economic sustainability. (Unlimited growth is, or should be, off the table.)
• Agriculture is the science, art, and practice of harnessing atmospheric carbon to produce food, fuel and fiber for human needs.
• A truly sustainable and equitable agriculture and economy must be rooted in human engagement with the fundamental biogeochemical processes essential to all life, in a manner that supports and enhances the capacity of the biosphere to sustain itself.

Downloadable PDFs of peer-reviewed research:

Impacts of organic matter amendments on carbon and nitrogen dynamics in grassland soils (2014): Ryals_et_al_2014

Effects of organic matter amendments on net primary productivity and greenhouse gas emissions in annual grasslands (2013): Ryals and Silver EcoApps2013

A Lifecycle Model to Evaluate Carbon Sequestration Potential and Greenhouse Gas Dynamics of Managed Grasslands (2013): DeLonge_et_al_Compost_LCA

Soil Carbon Pools in California’s Annual Grassland Ecosystems (2010): Silver et al. 2010 REM

The speakers:

  • Dr. Jeff Creque
  • Torri Estrada
  • John Wick, who is co-owner of the Nicasio Native Grass Ranch with his wife, Peggy Rathmann. John is co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and serves as its tireless spokesperson and advisor as it moves from research to implementation.
  • Marcia DeLonge
  • Rebecca Burgess


January 14, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Petaluma Seed Bank
199 Petaluma Blvd. North
Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
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For Emily Cunetto, the most critical part of her knitwear design process is when a clear vision of the piece arises from the material. To begin, she says, “I go for a fiber that speaks to me in some way.” From there, her designs are “a series of experiments, with this stitch or that needle” and then “it’s all about math once you get the swatch worked out.”
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