Regenerative agriculture is a holistic approach to farming that enriches soil and promotes biodiversity, while restoring and enhancing ecosystems and watersheds. Regenerative practices capture carbon in soil, helping to reverse atmospheric accumulation of carbon dioxide.
Scenic Hudson recognizes the importance of regenerative practices to reverse climate change. Complementing their work in farmland conservation and building on efforts to make the Hudson Valley more resilient to the impacts of climate change, they have ramped up their collaboration with farmers and land trust partners to encourage the use of no-till and other regenerative agricultural techniques.
Scenic Hudson worked with Hudson Carbon, which was founded at the Rockefeller Farms in Columbia County by farmer Ben Banks-Dobson and Abby Rockefeller to implement regenerative agriculture practices, to monitor their impact on greenhouse gases in soil and ambient air, and to create a platform for selling carbon credits associated with its practices.
Scenic Hudson was the first outside investor in the project, through the purchase of development rights on a farm added to the Rockefeller assemblage, with proceeds from the purchase dedicated to support the Hudson Carbon project. The Scenic Hudson Soil Laboratory was established in recognition of this investment and to support the ongoing analytical work at the farm.
Hudson Carbon partnered with the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole to deploy and monitor greenhouse gas and related water data on the farm. Ben Banks-Dobson and Matt Sheffer of Hudson Carbon have developed a data platform and website that enables potential purchasers of carbon offsets from the farm to review its data and the practices that are yielding reductions in greenhouse gases.