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Saturday, January 19 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Hiring Vermont Farmers to Grow Topsoil and Watershed Services

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Clean water, reduced flooding and increased soil-carbon, like milk and beef, are ecosystem-services that come from effective management of livestock, vegetation and topsoil.
A multi-continent, multi-thousand year experiment in which farmers were hired only to grow the ecosystem-services of food, fiber and fuel has yielded the expected outcome of overproduced, underpriced commodities, degraded topsoil and biodiversity and environmental insecurity.

For communities, companies and governments to hire farmers to grow ecosystem-services like clean water and reduced flooding, farmers need to be able to consistently produce and measure them.

We'll discuss practical, near-term strategy for building our capacity and value-proposition as watershed-services contractors.
 Abe will provide an overview of the LandStream New Scale, a scientific platform for measuring and amplifying production of ecosystem-services, and discuss an emerging farmer-led pilot project to trial hiring farmers to grow quantified ecosystem-services in Vermont.


Speakers
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Abraham Collins

CEO, Co-Founder, LandStream
Abe Collins is a grazier and the cofounder of LandStream. LandStream reads landscape-function to help people grow deep-topsoil farms and watersheds and measure and transact the new wealth that results. He has grazed sheep, beef and dairy livestock and lives in Winooski, VT.


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Garden View Room

Attendees (5)