LAND, THEN, IS NOT MERELY SOIL; IT IS A FOUNTAIN OF ENERGY FLOWING THROUGH A CIRCUIT OF SOILS, PLANTS AND ANIMALS.
– Aldo Leopold
Rainmaker Farm is The Gulch Environmental Foundation’s current Highlighted Project
Rainmaker Farm is a quarter section (160-acre) parcel that is a working landscape located in Noble County, just under 1 hour north of Stillwater, Oklahoma
MORE ABOUT THE FARM
There is a lovely little creek that runs through the farm and two ponds. At the start of this project, the property consisted of tilled farmland used for conventional wheat production, cattle grazing, and an oil rig. We are currently transforming this property into a perennial regenerative farm with diverse crops, pollinator garden, and natural areas.
At this phase we are designing planting plans and establishing baseline conditions for a variety of soil health and biodiversity metrics to establish what is on the property currently, what differences exist between habitats, and to document trends over time and with changes to land management.
Please see preliminary maps and baseline reports at the following links.
As part of the baseline biodiversity surveys, Rainmaker Farm is submitting observations to iNaturalist. iNaturalist shares data submitted to them with scientific data repositories and is also a way that visiting classes and the public can also contribute to the biodiversity tracking on the farm. If you would like to see the species documented on the farm to date, you can do so by clicking on the map to the right.
We are appreciative of the ongoing guidance and collaboration from many local individuals and organizations, including: our knowledgeable and kind neighbors at the farm, Conservationists from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), and scientists from Oklahoma State University.
THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN MAKE [RECARBONIZATION OF GLOBAL SOILS] HAPPEN ARE THE FARMERS.
THEY ARE THE ONES MANAGING THE SOILS.
– Ronald Vargas
Land Resources Officer/Secretary of the Global Soil Partnership,
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations