News from ASI…
Last year was a groundbreaking year for Climate Beneficial fiber systems. Since its inception, Fibershed has been working to advance the adoption of carbon farming practices, which move carbon from the atmosphere into plant life and soil ecosystems.
When implemented in agriculture, carbon farming practices can help restore balance to the Earth’s climate, build resilience to drought and naturally increase agricultural productivity. Through the years, Fibershed has grounded this work in a local and regional network of producers – building relationships, capacity, education and support to scale its impact. In 2022, Fibershed saw these efforts flourish into a remarkable expansion.
Regionally, interest in carbon farming grew dramatically with a simultaneous increase in demand for technical and financial support to implement practices. In 2022, Fibershed awarded more than $120,000 to 29 producers to fund their carbon farming projects. Nationally, Fibershed experienced first-of-its-kind support for climate-smart agriculture with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s commitment of $3.1 billion to support a diverse range of farmers and ranchers to leverage the greenhouse gas benefits of climate-smart commodity production. Fibershed and its partners at the National Center for Appropriate Technology, Carbon Cycle Institute, Colorado State University, New York Textile Lab and Seed2Shirt were proud to be among the recipients and will work to scale the Climate Beneficial Program in four regions throughout the United States.
2022-Carbon-Farm-Fund-Report describes this progress and the steps it is taking to meet the growing need among producers for technical support and financial assistance. Fibershed is optimistic about the future of natural fiber systems and poised to continue modeling the immense benefits of carbon farming practices while advocating for equitable systems to scale their adoption.