Carbon Farm Planning at Highland Springs Ranch 

Applicant: Highland Springs Ranch & Inn and 123 Farms


Project Summary: Carbon farming techniques help farmers and ranchers to best manage their land for carbon storage. By developing a carbon farm plan, Highland Springs will be able to identify areas of their operation that could be enhanced in order to improve soil health and carbon sequestration. The property currently maintains 67 heads of sheep, acres of olive trees and lavender, and a small organic crop production area. 

To develop the plan, Highland Springs will work with IERCD staff, the Carbon Cycle institute (CCI) and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to gather baseline data on soil conditions and generate a plan for pulling carbon into the soil by utilizing various Conservation Practices, as established by NRCS. Highland Springs' Carbon Farm Plan is the first plan in IERCD's region and provides a framework for IERCD to assist in the development of additional carbon farm plans throughout the district and a template for Carbon Farm Planning in Southern California's more arid region. 


  • IERCD staff organized an initial meeting with Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to kick off the Carbon Farm Plan.

  • IERCD staff walked the site with Highland Spring's President and discussed her goals for the property and potential ways to increase soil carbon. 

  • Approximately 60 acres in Highland Springs will be reserved for carbon farming potential. 

  • Initial Soil Testing commenced in August 2018. 

Water Catchment Basins

Tina, Highland Springs Manager, Showing the Team the Future Pasture Area

Carbon Sequestration on Fields of Lavender