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Building Soil, Building Equity.

Accelerating Appalachia has launched a ground-breaking initiative to build soil health and expand regenerative farming across Appalachia and the rural southeast.

The Building Soil, Building Equity (BSBE) program provides financial support, technical training in regenerative agriculture, business development, and resources to increase market growth opportunities.

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“Ecological justice is social justice and social justice is ecological justice.”

- bell hooks, American author and social equity advocate

Providing the Resources to Secure the Future of Farming

Farmers know what’s best for their land. The Building Soil, Building Equity program provides the resources to implement regenerative agriculture practices and create opportunities for growth. We will work with you to develop technical skills, capacity, and operational support to strengthen your business.

Cash Incentives

We know farm changes cost time and money. Our team is here to help with three types of cash incentives to reward your implementation, GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions offset, and continued participation in the BSBE program.

  • Implementation Incentive.This opportunity will help cover or offset the cost of implementing a new regenerative agriculture practice. The incentive amount available per acre depends on the practices you implement. Early adopters are also eligible for this incentive by signing up and verifying implementation.
  • GHG Incentive. The opportunity rewards Increases in organic matter and soil carbon based on the sequestration from new practice implementation. Farmers can earn funding for every ton of carbon dioxide sequestered.
  • Participation Incentive. This opportunity is a token of gratitude for working with ACAP and the BSBE project. The information shared provides valuable data to our team to further understand impact and continuous improvement solutions. For every acre enrolled with BSBE, farmers will receive an annual incentive.
  • Farmer Field Day Access Incentive. BSBE program participants will receive reimbursements for travel, lodging, and food during attendance to BSBE-sponsored and other CSAF field days.

Networking Opportunities

Farmers enrolled in BSBE will access marketing assistance from industry experts and can benefit from Accelerating Appalachia’s connections to buyers, processors, and distributors. We foster farmer inclusivity across local and regional markets to create a more resilient, robust food supply chain.

Additional Revenue

BSBE aims to create a regional carbon market with measurable environmental benefits from practice implementation and their continuation resulting in additional carbon market revenue. Carbon Harvest and Working Trees will support farmers and subsequent funding.

Approved NRCS Practices

  • 328: Conservation Crop Rotations
  • 340: Cover Crops
  • 345: Reduced Tillage
  • 386: Field Borders
  • 422: Hedgerow Plantings
  • 379: Forest Farming
  • 381: Silvopasture
  • 391: Riparian Buffers
  • 311: Alley Cropping
  • 612: Tree & Shrub est
  • 645: Habitat management
  • 528: Grazing and pastures

To learn more about farmer, producer and land benefits, click the button below and consider participating in the BSBE project. Together, Accelerating Appalachia and its participants will protect farms and ensure a legacy for future generations of farmers.

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