California Greener Fields

California Communities Combating Climate Change

In California, the combination of population growth, extreme temperatures, and unforeseen climate events are increasing community concerns around the future of our food and where it will be grown.

Based on its capacity to sequester carbon in the soil, farmland is fundamental to mitigating the continued impacts of climate change while yielding harvests that feed our communities.

About Greener Fields in California 

The California Greener Fields project promotes keeping land in farming and managing land sustainably as essential to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. This is especially important considering California's goal of reducing statewide GHG emissions by 80% by 2050. Research conducted as part of our Greener Fields project indicates that cutting farmland loss by 75% by 2050 would reduce our GHG emissions the equivalent of taking 1.9 million cars off the road each year.

Understanding agriculture's potential impact on climate change mitigation in California is just a starting point. Each of us can contribute to farmland protection and climate-smart agriculture by increasing awareness and action in our communities.

Spread the Word

Help us spread greater understanding of how California farmland significantly contributes to climate change mitigation by sharing these infographics. Download our communications toolkit for sample messaging for newsletters and social media.

Get Involved

We've compiled recommended actions for partnering with farmers, local officials, state legislators, and communities on farmland protection and climate-smart agriculture in California. We invite all Californians to share these resources with your networks in order to increase farmland advocacy in our state. You can find the following assets in our communications toolkit.