At TomKat Ranch, we embrace agricultural practices that seek to sustain farms, resources and communities by promoting farming practices and methods that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities.
To achieve this, we work with partners to promote sustainable land use practices both at TomKat Ranch and on other lands. We seek to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable practices and share those practices with others so that they may be more widely understood and adopted.
We believe that sustainable practices can and do benefit people and the environment and address climate change. Among other things, these benefits include improving conditions for animal production to create a healthier product, providing ecological services such as improved soil health, water retention and carbon sequestration, and supporting biodiversity.
What are some outcomes we hope to see?
Perennial grasses cover 20 percent of the grassland area to increase soil carbon sequestration, soil water storage, and biodiversity.
Forty percent of ranch is coastal scrub and forest/woodland vegetation to benefit biodiversity, pollination services, carbon sequestration, and soil water retention.
Extend TKREF land management principles and practices beyond TomKat by working with the ranching community to increase sustainable practices in more places.
Expand grass and bird monitoring to additional ranches to improve our ability to adaptively manage and provide scientific evidence about our sustainable practices.