Land for Sale in Chatham County

Chatham County 184 Acres on Walter Bright Road and 15-501

Prime Chatham County Land Tract with Road Frontage on Both Hwy 15-501 and Walter Bright Road! Close to both Pittsboro and Siler City, this is also Convenient to RTP, Chapel Hill, Apex and Southern Pines/Pinehurst! This Gorgeous Tract has Rolling Terrain and is Heavily Wooded with both Mature Pine and Hardwoods. Preliminary Soils Work Shows Limited Conventional Septic System Areas and Other Potential Surface Spray or Drip Irrigation Septic System Areas. Contact us for the Soils Report. Duke-Energy Easement in Place for Future Transmission Lines. Zoned R-1. $3,680,000 Parcel: 18437 Chatham County, NC 

Location: 0.7 mile North of the Deep River Bridge on US15/501 both sides of US15/501 and Walter Bright Road. The cleared ROW crossing US15/501 is along and inside the southern property boundary line. 

Utilities: Water, there is an 8-inch water-line along Walter Bright Road 

Gas: There is a natural gas distribution substation on the property, off Walter Bright Road 

Access: Road frontage on US 15/501 & Walter Bright Road 

2644′ Road Frontage on the East Side on 15-501, and 1386′ on the West Side

905′ Road Frontage on the East Side of Walter Bright Road and 1321′ on the West Side

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Jessie Bridges Road

Chatham County Executive Farm

Executive Farm for sale in Chatham CountyChatham Counties Finest Executive Farm! This unique property features a custom restored home, barns, lake cabin, lake cottages, full-scale shop, fenced pastures for animals and a NINE acre stocked lake! This one-of-a-kind Chatham County dream property sits on approximately 98 acres and is now used as a camp. 2326 & 2340 Jessie Bridges Road, Siler City, NC 27344! $3,450,000

FACILITIES: The 1920’s farm house was completely restored with multiple porches and offers scenic views from all windows! The custom Jessie Bridges Executive Homes for Sale Chatham County NC  gourmet chef’s kitchen features custom cabinets, Canadian Rock Maple floors, and hand-milled wainscoting with gas range. The whole house has Cat 5 & 6 wiring with individual controlled speakers in each room, security system with cameras, insulated crawl space, tankless water heater, 20Kw whole house Back-Up generator. There is also a 75,000 BTU Wood stove for cold winter days! 

The adjoining well house has a water purification system, additional washer & dryer hookups and outdoor shower. There is an additional deep water well for irrigation.

Wedding Venues Chatham CountyEVENT BARN: The huge 40’x80′ two-story insulated 1750 ft2 Event Barn with climate-controlled areas has amazing views of the grounds and lake. There are multiple access doors that lead to the large storage room and bays. There is a separate entry for the office and lounging areas and features a full kitchen, office, and finished 2nd floor with sleeping areas and 3 bathrooms! Separate inground propane tanks service the home and barns and there is oversized electrical to the farm with 220 amp service.

The recently built custom barn is a centerpiece and centrally located around multiple fenced areas for horses, cows, chickens, or any animals! The two-story structure is fully wired and stubbed out on the second floor for an office. There are septics permits and septic system in place for 5 more 2-bedroom dwellings. Additional county building permits will be required for additional structures so call for details. There are run-in-sheds for animals, chicken coup, pole barns and many other cool structures in place!

Chatham County Lake CabinThe 2 bedroom 2 bath lake cabin with private dock is a dream! The cabin was built from salvaged barn wood and offers the classic barn feel with amazing views of the lake! This cabin was permitted for both electrical and septic. Walk out to the private dock and catch 8-10lb bass or enjoy sunrises here that offer tranquility not found in many areas.

There are 2 additional lake cottages  with private docks, firepits and grills! This is a MUST SEE PROPERTY! Check back soon for video and more info! $3,450,000. Enjoy the gallery below and click here for additional images from the seller!

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IBMA Bluegrass Live! September 30 – October 1, 2022

IBMA Bluegrass Live! September 30 – October 1, 2022The spectacular 2022 IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival will take place in downtown Raleigh on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1 as an in-person experience for the second year since the pandemic. With streets blocked off, an art market (Artsplosure) representing artisans from around the U.S., dance tent, beer garden, workshops, barbeque cook-off, food and beverage street vendors and activities including a 2-day exhibition of industry products, the festival will welcome as many as 200,000 attendees – potentially double the number who participated in 2021. A highlight of the 2022 IBMA calendar, the festival is a must-see event for Raleigh residents and bluegrass enthusiasts from across the globe. 

Legends and New Artists

As the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world, the event will feature ticketed and free performances by award-winning musicians – both bluegrass icons and talented, up-and-coming artists. Performances at the weekend mega musical event, which will take place at the Red Hat Amphitheater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh Convention Center and multiple other stages throughout downtown Raleigh, will start at 5 pm each afternoon and run for six hours into the evening.  A portion of the proceeds from each lineup will go to back the non-profit International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), whose goal it is to promote bluegrass music by connecting bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, and by supporting creativity within the bluegrass music community.

A Raleigh Tradition

IBMA Bluegrass This year, the festival – celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Raleigh area – promises to entertain crowds with some of the largest names in the bluegrass industry following several other notable industry events taking place earlier in the week including the IBMA 2022 Business Conference, Bluegrass Ramble, and IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards.  

The 2022 IBMA Bluegrass Ramble kicks off the week’s performances with three nights of music designed to showcase the newest of bluegrass talent across six Raleigh venues. Additional showcases – Youth Showcase, IBMA Songwriter Showcase, Bluegrass College Band Showcase and more – will support kids, instructors, international performers and industry professionals in various clubs and restaurants downtown.  

THE biggest night of the year in the bluegrass industry, the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, will take place on September 29th at the Duke Energy Center, with tickets ranging in price from $40 to $110. Honors will go to “Entertainer of the Year 2022” (nominees include Sister Sadie, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Billy Strings and the Del McCoury Band); Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Fiddle and Guitar Player of the Year; and Best Female / Male Vocalist of the Year.

Raleigh’s own PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) – a non-profit that focuses on preserving, presenting and promoting dancers and musicians who are Piedmont natives – will produce the show.  

Main Stage Acts

Friday, September 30 –

                        5 pm                Twisted Pine

                        6 pm                Balsam Range

                        7:05 pm           Peter Roan Bluegrass Band

                        8:10 pm           Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

                        9:30 pm          The Jerry Douglas Band with Special Guests

Saturday, October 1 –

                        5 pm                Della Mae

                        6 pm               The Dan Tyminski Band

                        7:05 pm           Dom Flemons & Schultz’s Dream

                        8:10 pm           Sierra Hull

                        9:30 pm          The Infamous Stringdusters

 

Live performances at the Come Hear NC Stage, City Plaza Youth Stage, Davie Street Stage, Martin Street J.A.M. Stage and Capitol Stage will feature traditional bluegrass artists and new acts featuring Southern gospel, junior musicians, string bands and quartets and more.  

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NC Hemp facility for Sale

Turn key Facility for Hemp – CBD Production and Organic Farming

Quinn Rd Farm Features 118 +/- acres with pond and 2 acre fenced compound with buildings with 4” well! 36 acres cleared with 6 fields with 3” irrigation lines, 65 acres cutover ready to be replanted with Henon bamboo, 15 acres wooded with pine and hardwoods, and 6 zones of irrigation from main pump/well all buried and automated.

Hemp Facility for SaleThe Quinn farm in Warsaw is a Family farm that has been farmed for traditional crops for many years. In 2019 the sellers started efforts to regenerate the property and rebuild the ecology and soil with cover crops and an organic approach to alternative crops.  The building compound is two acres of property with a fenced-in nursery area and two greenhouses, a 2000 sqft insulated metal building with central AC, full bath and laboratory. The first year grew 15 acres of hemp successfully and started a CBD company with full CO2 extraction and processing lab. The lab is capable of processing 10 pounds of hemp a day and the company has over 12 products and is still a growing business that is available to the purchaser of the farm as well. (Ask about a turn key price for the company website, consulting package, and farm equipment not included in the listing price).

The plans for the bamboo field will take 6-7 years to be completely grown and can be harvested in such a way as to be perpetual crop for 20 years( lumbers, shoots, teas, biochar et). The lavender field should mature in 2024 and the tea field in 2025. The other fields will have garlic (red white and elephant ear) and will plant sunflowers Hemp Processing NC and tulips and Goji berries in remaining fields. The greenhouses are heated and the polycarbonite 3000 sqft unit has full cooling wall, spray and drip irrigation. The smaller 2000 sq ft unit has raised benches and swamp coolers and fans with growing nursery plants and continued bamboo cultivation in both.  All built in building equipment is included with base price! Field equipment and tractor is available for purchase separately as well and sellers can provide consulting on any of the specialty crops. Current manager and workers and dedicated to the farm and would be willing to remain as they love their job and the mission!

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Included in base price:

42’x72’ poly greenhouse with gas heat full drip and misting systems with doser. Full cooling wall with two 48” exhaust fans.

24’x60’ greenhouse with 3 32’ raised benches exhaust fans and swamp cooler

40’ x 50’ Metal building with roll up door. Office with full bath and laboratory and warehouse space. 3 ton central heat and AC two large ionizing air systems with UV and hepa filtering.

40’ shipping container storage unit

Processing equipment in building (Not included in base price)

10L CO2 supercritical extractor with chiller. ( 2.5 pounds processed per run) tumbler / trimmer unit

STM grinder for hemp

STM cone maker with multiple trays/ sizes

5L short path distiller Roto evaporator with vac Buchner filter with pump Vacuum oven with vac 12 tray Dehydrator Gummy molds

Drying rack for gummys Multiple mixers

Multiple homogenizers for nano emulsion

Vape cartridge filler hand held type

Product and supplies

55 kg broad spectrum CBD crude 35 Full spectrum crude

1000 plus empty containers

CBD products with COAs and SOP’s for making more

Various bases terpenes, essential oils for product

Field Equipment for sale:

2018 Kubota tractor 75 HP 4WD with bucket and forks

CH wolf pro planter with drip and vinyl

6’ cultivator harrow

flat row shaper 4’ auger

seeder / spreader bush hog

4 gas powered weed eater two DS mower cutters Scag 42” mower

Various Hand tools for field and maintenance

Currently ½ acre one year lavender in field, tea, herbs, and 5000 bamboo plants to plant as timber crop in spring ‘23.

4000 one gallon pots 500 72 plug trays

500 24 plug trays

 

 

 

 

 


North Carolina’s Native American Legacy

Over 120,000 North Carolinians – or around 2% of the population – are Native American, belonging to eight recognized tribes. The impact these indigenous peoples have had on our culture has been substantial, from river, mountain and town names to increased recognition of cultural identity and human rights for the largest Native American population east of the Mississippi. Much can be learned about this segment of society by visiting any of a number of interesting sites and museums from the mountains to the coast.  

A Brief History

Native Americans first inhabited what is now North Carolina during the Ice Age, around 12,000 years ago, hunting and fishing with spears and living a largely nomadic life. As they started living in groups, moving each season as food became more or less available, they began developing a culture that included wearing clothing and jewelry for religious or other purposes, using plants as medicine, and creating tools such as the ‘atlatl’ (spear), fishhooks and axes.

From around 1,000 BC to about when Europeans started arriving in the mid-17th century, various groups, or tribes, began developing settlements where they would remain through certain hunting and growing seasons. As many as 100,000 Native Americans were inhabiting the area by the time the first Spanish explorers arrived in the mid-1600s. As they began interacting with other tribes throughout the North Carolina/South Carolina region and with more European settlers, battles took place and disease, slavery and the destruction of native settlements caused a decline in these populations.

Today, any individual who is interested in becoming a recognized member of a specific tribe must follow certain guidelines which include being able to produce a certificate from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) detailing their blood background. The process is not always easy as family tribal records are often incomplete, but as use of the Internet has exploded, genealogical records have also become more available, making the process much easier.  

Destinations: Celebrating Native American Culture

Cherokee, North Carolina. Western North Carolina is home to the town of Cherokee, the capital of the only Cherokee tribe recognized in North Carolina – the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Considered a sovereign nation, Cherokee is a tourist destination known for its close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway; the dramatic nighttime outdoor drama “Unto These Hills”; Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort; and outstanding hunting, fishing and other local sports such as tubing and hiking. The Oconaluftee Indian Village gives visitors the opportunity to experience life in 1760s Cherokee through cultural dances and interactions with villagers performing everyday activities such as sculpting, basket weaving and beading.

Town Creek Indian Mound. Located outside of Mount Gilead in central North Carolina, the Town Creek Indian Mound is a prehistoric archaeological site where the Pee Dee culture established a ceremonial center overlooking the intersection of Town Creek and Little River. Religious ceremonies and feasts took place here, and many notable tribal members died and were buried here, too. Excavations at the site have been taking place since 1937, and today the site remains the only one in the state to be dedicated to Native American heritage.

The Lost Colony / Manteo, NC. The focus of the outstanding “Lost Colony Experience” outdoor show is what may have happened to the 117 men, women and children who so mysteriously disappeared from one of the first North American settlements, on Roanoke Island. One hypothesis speculates that the group may have moved inland from shore, perhaps out of desperation due to hunger or disease, and become absorbed into one of the many native American tribes in the area at the time: the Pamlico, Cape Fear, Chowanoke, Roanoke, Coree or Machupunga. Other theories exist based on the word “Croatan” carved into a post of the deserted area which suggest that the colonists may have been killed or abducted by that tribe.

A Lost Colony pre-show performance by native American cast members entertains the audience with stories, singing and dancing reflective of tribal culture unique to this geographical region and period.

North Carolina’s Native American Legacy 2North Carolina Pow Wows. A pow wow is a gathering of tribal members who assemble to socialize and celebrate ancestors and culture through a tradition of rich storytelling. The singing and dancing that takes place during one of these sacred events is extremely important, as are the traditional outfits worn by the participants. Beginning with the Grand Entry through the commemoration of native ancestors and rounds of dances and singing, the pow wow typically ends up as an occasion where all visitors participate by dancing to the beat of the tribal drummer. A couple of the more well-known North Carolina pow wows include the Guilford Native American Association Annual Pow Wow, happening this year September 16-18 in Greensboro, and the Onslow Veterans Pow Wow 2022, taking place November 5-6 in Jacksonville.

Some of the many spiritually significant locations for Native Americans in North Carolina include these two mountain landmarks.

  • The 6,400-foot Richland-Balsam, the highest mountain in North Carolina’s Great Balsam range, has been sacred to the Blackfoot Indians throughout history as a meeting place. The site has been the focus of many who still visit the area wishing to experience visions following fasting and prayer.
  • Pilot Mountain, one of the most recognized landforms in the state, is sacred to the Cherokee, who believe that a secret underground society called the Mountain People exists with mysterious inhabitants who can only occasionally be seen or contacted by the outside world.

Museums and Galleries

  • Hatteras Island’s Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center offers North Carolina tribal artifacts, a Natural History Center, and an authentic dance circle under the trees.
  • Cullowhee’s Mountain Heritage Center is all about the cultural and natural history of the tribe in western North Carolina and the southern Appalachians.
  • The Museum of the Southeast American Indian, located on the campus of UNC Pembroke, displays the fine arts, artifacts and more of southeastern Native tribal cultures.
  • View one of the world’s largest private collections of Native American artifacts at Blowing Rock’s Native American Artifacts Museum.

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Late Summer Sportfishing: The Outer Banks’ Best

Late Summer Sportfishing: The Outer Banks’ Best

As if any of us needed an extra incentive to visit the Carolina coastline over the spectacular summer months, the next several weeks are considered by many to be the best time of year to go saltwater fishing for game fish such as Billfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo and Yellowfin. Many prime spots along the Outer Banks are at their peak in late summer and early fall, when temperatures in the warm waters of the Gulfstream, about 20 miles offshore, reach their peak. A number of charter fleets in Ocracoke, Hatteras, Nags Head, Manteo, Kitty Hawk and Duck offer fishing adventures that will let you experience the thrill of catching your own big fish in some of the world’s richest waters.

Yellowfin Tuna

Bluefin, Blackfin and Yellowfin tuna are all abundant off North Carolina’s coast, but at this time of year, the Yellowfin is most active. Often found along the coastline of Hatteras and Nags Head, Yellowfin travel in schools, even with similarly sized fish of other species. Fighting aggressively if exposed to prey such as Ballyhoo, Mackerel, Squid or Sardines, these schools of Yellowfin – numbering into the hundreds, or even thousands – move from one area to another based on the availability of food and the water temperature. Typically weighing up to 100 pounds and sometimes a great deal more than that, the torpedo-shaped Yellowfin is silver on its underside but has both a dorsal fin and a line above that are both – as the name implies – bright yellow.

North Carolina’s charter fishing industry focuses heavily on Yellowfin Tuna; in fact, there is more Yellowfin caught off North Carolina’s coastline – Hatteras and the Outer Banks – that than in any other state!

Wahoo

If your goal as a sport fisherman is to enjoy the hunt for the fish just as much as the catch, the Wahoo – a large, fast and beautiful fish with distinctive vertical stripes – will give you a thrill as you chase it through the waters off the Carolina coast. Wahoo, too, can be fished at any time of the year, but the best season to find Wahoo is typically late summer through September and even into early October. With a set of extremely sharp teeth and habit of feeding off crustaceans, Squid, and Mackerel, the Wahoo is considered a voracious predator and is classified as a pelagic fish, meaning it tends to prefer inhabiting open water, only coming to the surface in order to feed. As opposed to other members of the Mackerel family, whose flesh is oily and slightly stronger tasting, the highly valued meat of the Wahoo is sweet and dense with a delicate flavor.

The best areas to find these powerful fish are in the deep Gulfstream waters along North Carolina’s central coastline – the Crystal Coast – while the best method of catching them is trolling for them at a high speed, with bait mimicking the movements of prey. Unlike the Yellowfin, Wahoo are solitary fish and can often be found in very calm waters.

Mahi Mahi

The dolphin fish, or Mahi Mahi, is plentiful year-round, but the best time to fish for it is when waters off the Carolina coast are at their warmest, through the month of August. Found primarily in deeper Gulfstream waters, the colorful Mahi Mahi travels in schools, but often closer to shore, and closer to the surface of the water than either Wahoo or Tuna. The best method of fishing for Mahi Mahi is by slowly trolling live bait such as Ballyhoo or minnows – the diet of the Mahi Mahi is primarily smaller fish – which makes fishing for Mahi Mahi ideal for fishing by families. Mahi Mahi can be aggressive, however, biting at almost any bait, alive or dead, that is dangled in front of them, and making spectacular, unpredictable jumps into the air that make fishing for them a thrilling experience.

The Mahi Mahi’s distinctive look includes vivid yellow, gold and blue coloring, a long dorsal fin from head to tail and a squared-off looking head. Some compare the mild and slightly sweet taste of Mahi Mahi to that of Cod or Halibut. 

Billfish

The Outer Banks are considered by many to be the Billfish capital of the world. Some of the largest fish in our oceans, Billfish – including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish and Swordfish – feed off of crustaceans and smaller fish, and are characterized by their long, bony bills that they use to hunt prey, especially in schools. The best time to fish for these powerful fish is also August and September.

The process of catching such a large fish requires more than the simple effort of one lone angler, and typically includes setting up a number of poles at the back of the fishing boat with live, dead or artificial bait trailing along behind, luring the fish. The meat of the Marlin, Sailfish or Swordfish is only considered fair, as they are primarily trophy fish.

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Understanding Agricultural Carbon Credits  

Understanding Carbon CreditsUnderstanding Agricultural Carbon Credits 

Climate change as a result of the burning of fossil fuels – gas, coal and oil – has become one of the most dire situations our world has had to contend with in the 20th and 21st centuries. How we deal with global emissions today will shape what kind of planet we’ll be living on in future generations.

Farmers can help in worldwide efforts to cut down on gas emissions by following certain carbon capturing processes and generating what are called ‘carbon credits,’ which are bought and sold on the carbon marketplace and allow companies that are heavy carbon producers to offset their greenhouse gas production.

The Kyoto Protocol & Paris Agreement

Over the past 25 years, two important accords have shone a bright light on the plight of global warming. The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 was the first treaty of its kind that aimed to reduce greenhouse gases. Forty-one nations and the European Union committed to working toward a reduction in emissions through several approaches including the development of new technologies and programs in developed and less-developed nations, extensive tree planting, and the development of a system of trading credits that would allow an entity – a buyer – to produce a certain level of emissions.

In 2015, 195 countries and the European Union went a step further as they entered into an international treaty known as the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement was a proclamation on climate change that established certain social and economic practices that would create a carbon neutral world – one in which greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to a point where they are absorbed by the earth’s natural processes, thereby creating a “net zero” situation – by 2050. Signers of the Agreement, the world’s top producers of greenhouse gases, included the European Union, U.S. and China 

By 2020, nations were tasked with providing their commitments to the agreement in the form of LT-LEDS, or ‘long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies’ as to how they intended to reduce emissions. The action plans included programs to finance these goals and pledges to share information amongst one another in an effort to avoid a situation in which emissions would reach a catastrophic level.  In 2020, the United States withdrew from the Paris Accord under then-President Donald Trump, but in 2021 newly-elected Joe Biden re-joined the Agreement, reiterating the U.S.’s commitment to addressing – and dealing with – the world’s dangerous, and growing, climate situation.

Some of the most important details of the U.S. commitment to reducing greenhouse gases are these:

  • The United States has agreed to reduce greenhouse gases by 26-28%, to a level below what they were in 2005, by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride and nitrogen trifluoride.
  • A combination of laws and incentives has been put into place to help U.S. industries use energy more efficiently.
  • The Clean Air Act established guidelines for power plants to reduce emissions and created tax incentives for creating alternative sources of energy such as solar and wind power.
  • Article 6 of the Agreement also created the world’s first carbon markets, designed to encourage increased investment in lowering emissions. Carbon markets turn organizations’ efforts into tradeable and purchasable carbon credits, with one carbon credit equaling one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2e). When a corporation purchases a carbon credit, typically through a government entity, they are essentially buying the right to produce a ton of emissions. Companies can also create their own carbon offsets by removing carbon from the atmosphere; these transactions in turn can be purchased by other entities who are trying to reduce emissions.

North Carolina Regulations

Our state has taken its own steps toward creating a cleaner future, including the passage of a law – House Bill 951 – in October of 2021. The bill requires the North Carolina Utilities Commission to reduce emissions by as much as 70% by 2030, and to create what is called a state of “carbon neutrality” – balancing carbon emissions with the removal of carbon from the atmosphere – by 2050. Details of the complete plan are due to be finalized by December of 2022, and will involve energy efficiency measures, grid modernization, and the use of new technologies dealing with power generation, distribution and storage.

Carbon Credits & Agriculture

When farmers follow certain carbon farming practices, they sometimes receive payment for the carbon credits they generate by organizations specializing in the carbon market. Often these organizations turn around and sell the agricultural carbon credits to entities that support climate protection and are committed to reducing greenhouse gases. Many buyers, however, such as power plants and other large producers of greenhouse gases, purchase these credits in order to be able to continue to produce more emissions than they are legally allowed to.

Farmers generate these credits in one of two ways: either by reducing emissions, or by capturing and storing emissions.

  • Reducing emissions can be achieved through A) decreasing fertilization; B) cutting down on fuel consumption or switching over to alternative fuels such as natural gas or bioenergy; C) putting rotational grazing practices into place; and D) changing the way in which manure is managed – for instance, by using it as fertilizer more quickly after it is produced.
  • Sequestration – a term referring to the practice of using plants to capture emissions – involves A) crop rotation; B) changing the use of agricultural lands to grasslands; C) planting trees on open land to create woodlands; and D) changing tillage methods.

Some of these practices turn out to be very costly for the farmer, but the financial return on selling agricultural carbon credits can also be substantial.

How to Get Started

The idea of generating agricultural carbon credits is daunting for some, but with a little bit of education and – for many – a true desire to see our world prosper by seeing a reduction in greenhouse gases and global warming, it’s a topic well worth discussion.

Farmers interested in getting involved in the carbon marketplace can do so in various ways.

  • They can sell carbon credits to organizations directly. This method is considered the most challenging, since it involves the farmer – who may have little knowledge of the process – going out and locating buyers independently.
  • The second method involves the farmer contacting an organization that specializes in selling offsets – a process that is a bit more complicated but can actually pay off to the farmer, since carbon offsetting companies typically finance carbon-reducing projects that the farmer may not otherwise have access to on their own.
  • Method number 3 involves finding a broker in the carbon marketplace who will then find a buyer or buyers for the carbon credits. The broker charges a fee, which may seem prohibitive to some, but there is also the probability that the broker will not disclose what kind of buyer they’ve sourced for the credits. For farmers who wish to be a part of a voluntary effort to reduce carbon emissions – rather than involuntary, when companies are required to purchase offsets as part of regulatory compliance – that desire is irrelevant, as their part in the selling process only involves providing the credits.

To find out more about carbon credits in the state of North Carolina, here are some resources that provide all the information you need to get started.

https://www.environmental-expert.com/companies/keyword-carbon-credits-418/location-usa-north-carolina

https://www.farmraise.com/blog/the-top-5-carbon-credit-companies

http://www.brokerscarbon.com/

 

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Carbon Farming: Why Do We Need It, and How Does It Work?

Carbon Farming: Why Do We Need It, and How Does It Work?

May 11, 2022

Carbon Farming in the USOver the past 250 years or so, populations have exploded, and the world has developed into societies based on manufacturing rather than agriculture. As factories, buildings, roads and railroads have replaced so many of our natural spaces, and cars, trains and mechanized farming equipment have taken the place of other, non-mechanized modes of transport and equipment, the atmosphere around us has been greatly affected. Despite substantial improvements in our standard of living over the years due to industrialization, habitats in many areas have suffered and air, water and soil pollution have developed into some very complex issues that today are often centered around an over-abundance of greenhouse gases and a planet that is warmer than it should be.

Industrialization & the Growth of Steam Power

From the mid-1700s onward, people searching for better lives were moving from rural areas towards city centers, capitalism was growing, and the use of alternative forms of power – primarily, steam power – was fueling the rapid expansion of a wide range of industries including textiles and iron production. Factories that once used water, human and/or animal power were turning to new technologies that allowed them to burn coal to create steam. The use of the steam engine allowed factories to expand, and to ship their product by train or by steamship over greater distances, more quickly than before.

The layer of greenhouse gases surrounding our planet is a good thing in that it traps the sun’s heat and prevents temperatures from falling to levels that would be unable to sustain life, but as early as one hundred years ago, fears about what the burning of coal and other fossil fuels was doing to the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere were starting to surface. Even early scientists were aware that when coal – and later, petroleum – was burned and mixed with oxygen, the result was an increase in the insulating layer of greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide and ozone – which began increasing global temperatures. As the planet has warmed, ocean levels have risen as polar ice caps have melted; there have been greater fluctuations in temperatures, heavier rain and snowfall and more intense storms; forest fires have been more widespread and severe; and changes in many natural habitats have in turn affected various animal and plant species’ growth and survival.

Natural vs. Anthropogenic Climate Change

Natural influencers of climate change include predictable changes in the earth’s geology from natural cooling or heating cycles of the ocean, often due to fluctuations in the earth’s orbit around the sun, and to solar and volcanic activity, and to the regular movements of the glaciers at our North and South Poles. Anthropogenic, or human-produced, greenhouse gases, however, are primarily a product of CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, which accounts for around 75% of the total amount of anthropogenic gases that are produced. Other anthropogenic changes are due to worldwide deforestation, the use of aerosols, and the increase in methane and nitrous oxide being released into the atmosphere, primarily from agriculture.

Agriculture’s Contributions to Increased Greenhouse Gases

A much as 15% of the CO2 in our atmosphere is a product of farming techniques that include the use of diesel- or gas-using machinery to till the soil – a process that allows for water runoff, degrades the soil and releases naturally stored CO2 into the air – and the use of organic (manure) and inorganic (nitrous-based) fertilizers. Methane, the gas produced from the digestion and waste of cattle and other grazing mammals such as sheep and goats and a by-product of the burning of agricultural waste, is another contributor, as is nitrous oxide, which also increases as fertilizer is used.  

What is Carbon Farming?

The idea of carbon farming is straightforward. Photosynthesis is a natural process that occurs when a plant combines CO2 from the air with water, sunshine and the mineral-rich soil around it to produce the carbohydrates it needs to grow. Carbon farming is a type of agriculture that focuses on removing CO2 from the atmosphere, returning it back into the earth through the use of various farming techniques, and improving the overall process of photosynthesis and plant growth.

  • Soil Techniques. By increasing the amount or organic material, or compost, in soil and limiting the tilling of it, the amount of CO2 that is released into the atmosphere is greatly decreased. Increased organic material also helps plants be more resistant to drought, extreme heat, heavy rains, disease and insects, and, generally speaking, to be more fertile. Limiting the use of expensive fertilizers also makes good economic sense.
  • Cover crops. Cover crops – crops planted during the “off” planting season to cover the soil between growing cycles – help prevent erosion, manage pests and diseases, and provide nourishment in the form of roots and shoots to soil organisms such as earthworms and fungi: a process which, in turn, allows the soil to store more carbon.
  • Animal farming. By increasing animal productivity, feeding more easily digested food and using dietary supplements to grazing animals, and improving the overall health of herds by using genetics to improve reproduction, methane output is substantially reduced. In addition, storing manure in specific enclosed areas not only prevents methane gases from escaping into the atmosphere, but it can also be useful in providing an alternative source of power generation.

Find Out More

https://www.carboncycle.org/what-is-carbon-farming/

https://www.greenamerica.org/food-climate/what-carbon-farming

https://carboncredits.com/carbon-farming-multiple-approaches-for-carbon-offsets/

 

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Just Sold Sanford!

Churchwell Downs Farm in Sanford

(JUST SOLD)  $995,000! 2700 +/- Square Foot Main House with Pool, Rental House or Second Home for Family, 2 Ponds, Horse Barn and more!

4134 & 4128 Smith Road in Sanford! Don’t miss this opportunity to own this fantastic family farm in Sanford! Previously used as a horse and cattle farm, the opportunities are endless and could be a prime boarding or cattle operation location. The expansive property sits on 64 +/- acres with semi-flat and rolling terrain. All pastures are fenced for animals! The picturesque views from the main home that overlooks open pastures and 2 large ponds are like no other!! Main house (needs updates) includes garage, large storage room- shop area, shed and more. Salt water pool.

Rental home is occupied with income, and there are 5 additional lots that convey with the property. The barn is functional and old pig parlor has tons of storage but needs to be loved and updated! $995,000

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