Based in South-East England, Verdant Carbon is a start-up looking to deliver high-quality cost-effective, soil carbon measurements for farmers. From our backgrounds in analytical science and environmental economics, we see a growing need for effective carbon measurements as standard practice in agriculture, which we hope to deliver.
To deliver this effectively we are building on the current market standards, for soil testing services. We work with the client through every stage of the process, from developing a farm scale sampling strategy, scheduling an on-site visit to take cores, and arranging an optional de-brief session to talk through the results and their potential implications.
We operate our own soil testing lab, using cutting edge elemental analysis to determine the carbon levels results. Whilst our focus is on prepping and testing samples for carbon, we do run additional tests for some conventional soil data, for instance Nitrogen and phosphates.
Through our partnerships with research institutes, we are constantly looking to expand our understanding of the interplay of factors that influence the levels of carbon stored in soil.
As we do so we foresee the suite services we offer growing, helping us to develop the holistic picture of a farms soil carbon and health, as well as strengthening our ability to make meaningful recommendations regarding farmers environmental practices.
Our data is stored on NEAR based blockchain giving secure decentralised storage. This helps to track the data over time and gives a low costs method for sharing an understanding of the lands environmental impact. As we move forward, we believe that due to their transparency, blockchains are going to be an increasing part of environmental markets.
Carbon trading/credits is an area that is under a lot of scrutiny, with questions surrounding validity, feasibility, and practicality, still needing to be answered. This development process is ongoing, with some agriculture schemes already launched in the UK. Recognising the transformative potential, we wish to see this is done correctly, to avoid green washing and minimise unforeseen leakages. Our aim is to develop a toolset to assess, understand and convey the holistic environmental impacts of positive agricultural methods. This data can stand-alone or be used in schemes at the farmers discretion, although we would suggest patience for a legitimate market to form, as whilst the data can be held for several years, the carbon can only be sold once.