For Farmers

Take a step towards profitable yet sustainable farming with us.

For people and nature

Change for the better

We know that committing to change takes courage. But regenerative farming is not a step into the unknown, but rather a return to nature. And you don't have to worry about profitability, as healthy soil yields good returns and is a sign of respect for future generations. Your buyers and end customers will appreciate your quality products and your responsible approach and new market opportunities will open up for you.

Our cooperation

How does it work?

We identify your company's opportunities

Let's meet together to find out what the possibilities are for your farm to switch to regenerative agriculture.

We will support you for 5 years

If the collaboration discussed makes sense to you and us, we will sign a 5-year contract. During this time we will provide you with free professional support: individual consultations, training and sharing within the farming community. We will facilitate your gradual transition to regenerative farming.

We will measure the organic carbon increase in your soil

We will provide an initial laboratory analysis of the organic carbon values from your soil samples (Cox). The soil sample analysis and laboratory measurements are repeated for five years.

We will pay you a reward

We will pay you a reward for every tonne of CO₂ that you remove from the atmosphere and put into the soil thanks to regenerative farming. The reward is directly proportional to the increase in the soil organic matter. The measurements are based on the principle of the amount of carbon dioxide. For more detailed information please contact us.

Benefits

What will you gain from getting involved?

Drought resistance

You will increase the proportion of organic matter in your soil, which will help to retain water on your land.

Quality production

Healthy, chemical-free soil produces quality, award-winning food.

Financial reward

We'll pay you a reward for regenerative farming - the more carbon, the higher the reward.

Lower costs, higher profits

By revitalising your soil, you'll encourage good returns while minimising diesel and chemical costs.

Increased land value

As the degradation of other land accelerates, your living land will increase in market value.

A healthier environment

You'll support a diversity of soil micro-organisms, birds and insects

Prestige and respect

Society will appreciate your efforts to be a responsible farmer.

Feeling good

You will contribute to solving a problem that is worrying the whole world.

FAQ

Can I join the project if I have already seeded crops in the area?

Yes it is possible, but you need to incorporate principles into your system in the future that lead to the retention of as much organic matter/carbon in the soil as possible.

How much will my involvement in the project be affected if I have already applied the first chemical treatment to the land?

Involvement in our project is not affected by the application of plant protection products or fertilisers. However, there is an expectation that the frequency of application will decrease over time.

Can I add ash from incinerated biomass to the land?

Yes, you can. Just bear in mind that incorporating any material into the soil releases carbon previously stored there.

If you measure carbon and it decreases the next year, but I am managing according to your principles, what should I do next?

This situation should not arise. The increase in carbon depends on the number of principles you put in place, the more you put in place, the faster your soils will improve and the more carbon will increase.

What are the financial rewards funded from?

Financial rewards are being financed by large corporations in service industries that are trying to achieve carbon neutrality but are unable to get to zero with existing technologies. Typically these are various banks, IT companies, operators, etc. These are not direct stack CO2 emitters like power or heating plants, their emissions are regulated by emission permits.

What is the effect of using a cultivator and disk harrow on CO2 storage in the soil?

The use of both cultivators and disk harrows increases the mineralisation of carbon in the soil, which is released into the atmosphere as CO2. The more intensive the soil intervention, the more carbon is released.

Do you recommend ploughing in regenerative agriculture?

Regenerative agriculture uses minimal mechanical tillage, direct seeding techniques, strip-till, cover cropping and other practices. Any mechanical disturbance of the soil releases oxidisable carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. Additionally, any deeper mechanical disturbance of the soil will, among other things, disrupt the mycorrhizal fungi hyphae that live in symbiosis with the crop, thereby depriving the crop of the nutrients that the fungi could contribute.

How do I deal with soil compaction when the soil is not tilled in regenerative agriculture?

Replace mechanical soil disturbance with suitable mixtures of cover crops. Different cover crops affect the soil structure at different depths. For example, the roots of peas, vetches, oats, or cowpeas affect the top layers of the soil, broad beans or mung beans affect the middle layers, and it is mainly the Brassicas such as mustard, radish, or rapeseed that reach down to the depths of one metre or more. If the subsoil layer is compacted, the roots are able to grow through the cracks and tunnels left by earthworms to break up the layer. If the compacted layer is too thick, it is advisable to first break it up mechanically and then sow a deep-rooting cover crop such as alfalfa or purple clover. In this case, the cover crop should be left on the plot for at least 2-3 years. When selecting cover crops, it is advisable to form mixtures, the roots will then grow through the entire soil profile and, due to competition with each other, will also grow through the deeper soil layers.

How do I manage manure and follow the principles of regenerative agriculture?

In accordance with current legislation, we recommend that manure is spread as evenly as possible.

Can I apply compost?

Applying compost is a suitable and recommended method to add organic matter and nutrients to your fields. However, take care to ensure the quality of the compost.

Won’t cover crops take up more water from the field than they can help capture when it rains? For example, alfalfa?

Cover crop roots dig deep into the soil, increasing its water-holding capacity to make better use of rainfall from heavy rains. In addition, soil rich in organic matter is able to retain a considerable amount of water, which plants can use for their growth even in drought conditions and then subsequently cool the surrounding landscape with their leaves via evapotranspiration. The soil covered by green plants is heated less and is protected from excessive evaporation and water loss.

Can I apply this principle to grazing exclusively with goats or sheep? Under what conditions?

Yes you can, you need to change to rotational managed grazing.

What's next? Write to us and we will discuss everything without obligation.

Email: carboneg@carboneg.com

Phone: +420 253 253 283

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