Society must increase agriculture production to feed a growing population while reducing agriculture’s global environmental impact and reliance on finite fossil fuels inputs or risk potentially catastrophic consequences. Evidence suggests that alternative agricultural technologies can potentially reduce fossil fuel use, sequester atmospheric carbon and potentially increase agricultural yields. The goal of this project is to assess the potential for carbon sequestration by alternative agriculture in the Chittenden county food shed, and the potential for reducing the carbon footprint of Chittenden county’s food system by at least 80%, a level compatible with the stabilization of atmospheric carbon stocks.
The long term goal of the project however is to develop a comprehensive suite of ecosystem services to model: Biodiversity, waste absorption (nitrogen and phosphorus) and erosion, disturbance and water regulation.
Along the way we will share the story and learn from those in the Chittenden County: Food providers, consumers, citizens, home owners, gardeners, organizations that have a vested interest in a healthy food shed and ecosystem.