Giving Compass' Take:

• Food Tank highlights Stonyfield Organic’s new OpenTEAM platform which aims to provide farmers worldwide with a free data ecosystem to manage adaptive soil health on farms and reach carbon sequestration targets.

• Where does your food come from? Are there local farmers that you can learn from and support?

• Read more about reaching every corner of the world with sustainable solutions. 

Stonyfield Organic launched a US$10 million open-source “smart-farming” platform called OpenTEAM in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) LandPKS project and over a dozen partner organizations. They hope to provide farmers and scientists with in-depth knowledge about managing soil health and soil carbon sequestration.

OpenTEAM, which stands for Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management, is the first open-source platform designed to address soil health and promote climate change mitigation for farms of all sizes. The platform’s founding organizers, which include the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment, hope that it will deliver quantitative feedback on millions of acres of farmland by 2024, helping farmers to sequester more carbon and promote adaptive soil health management on farms.

The platform uses spectral analysis, predictive data, and custom cover cropping techniques to help farmers reduce agricultural carbon emissions, improve soil health, and increase their profits.

Read the full article on promoting sustainable farming by Thea Walmsley at Food Tank.