Economic and agricultural sustainability require a significant understanding of relationships between ecology, production, and consumption. We work to continually improve our conservation practices and invest in science regarding carbon sequestration, water management, and soil health, among other topics.
What is TomKat Ranch doing “on-the-ground” to be climate-smart?
Managing our pastures to promote native perennial grasses.Native perennial grasses create soil conditions that are excellent for sequestering carbon and capturing and retaining water, a resource likely to be heavily impacted by climate change.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By installing solar to power our buildings, using horses and electric vehicles, and minimizing driving and tractor use whenever possible, we are working towards a carbon neutral existence.
Scenario planning to adapt to a changing climate. We determine how to best manage our ranch under a range of likely futures.
Undertaking a water budget assessment. We are working to understand and implement the most effective and efficient water usage possibilities on our ranch.
Investing in local food. Food that is produced in ways that improve the health of the land and is consumed near its origin help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a resilient environment.
Managing and promoting biodiversity. A diverse system is a resilient one, capable of surviving extreme events and thereby continuing to provide ecosystem services such as groundwater recharge and pollination.
Monitoring our work. We track and evaluate changes due to management and climate so we can adapt our practices in light of our changing climate.
Experimenting with climate and ecosystem-friendly production methods. We are initiating various projects in order to find innovative solutions to lessen and offset the impacts of climate change.