Las Cañadas Farm Cooperative, a former cattle ranch in Mexico, is at the forefront of a new agriculture technique called carbon farming.
Carbon farming refers to a range of agricultural practices aimed at keeping more carbon in the soil, from planting cover crops to managing multi-species grazing. Improving soil-carbon retention on farms is a critical step in mitigating climate change, according to carbon farmers such as Ricardo Romero who runs the Las Cañadas Farm Cooperative.
Ricardo Romero inherited the former cattle ranch, in Veracruz, from his father decades ago. In 1995, he sold the cows and undertook an ecological restoration effort, propagating and planting 50,000 native trees on 60 hectares (148 acres) while allowing another 40 hectares (99 acres) to regenerate naturally.
The carbon farmer and his small team also planted native trees on 22 hectares (54 acres) of the remaining pasture and carefully reintroduced cattle. This system combines livestock production with the ecological benefits of trees, including soil regeneration.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea