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Our Carbon Journey Begins

Human activities over the course of the last 150 years have led to changes in soil carbon storage, which in turn result in the exacerbation of global climate change. It's those very human activities that can be changed to reverse the state of today for a better tomorrow. Uncommon Folk embraces this idea wholeheartedly and this week we began our carbon sequestration journey.

We welcomed the delightful and wonderfully knowledgeable Peter Ronalds of Inspired Ag Solutions and his son Josh to the farm to measure our carbon and test our soils for baseline measurement before we get cracking on making more and more improvements for carbon drawdown. Josh is studying Agricultural Science at CSU so it was great to see the next generation getting some hands-on work experience.

It was a long day for the two workers as they traipsed across the 200 acres taking 24 core samples from different sites across the farm. The soil cores were taken at 100 cm and then separated into 0-30 cm and 30-100 cm and will be individually analysed to measure the soil carbon. Samples will be sent to the Environmental Analysis Lab (EAL) at Southern Cross University for testing and the results will reveal the quality of the soil as well as the levels of carbon that exist at this point in time. It was fascinating to listen to Peter's observations as he worked, noting the depth of the top soil, how deep roots were reaching and what lies deep down 1 m beneath our feet.

Peter's initial assessments tell us that we have three soil types: brown chromosol, red ferrosol and redoxid hydrosol near the creek. We're looking forward to updating on our soil carbon report in a couple of months when the results arrive.

And we're grateful to Peter and Josh for helping us work towards our goal to sequester carbon at the farm, removing it from the atmosphere and storing it in the soil carbon pool.

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