Carbon Ranch Initiative

Program Overview

The goal of this program is to build the capacity of producers, land managers, and technical service providers to implement land management practices focused on mitigation of and adaptation to climate change to support and improve local, rural food systems and economies.

We are building capacity through:

  • On-farm soil health workshops that are adaptive, inclusive, locally based and participatory
  • Demonstration projects where producers show producers, technical advisors, and land managers techniques that increase ecosystem resilience in arid and semi arid working lands
  • Research that is participatory and collaborative and results in outcomes that can be applied to working lands
  • Network building in communities to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, techniques, and resources to increase community resilience 
  • Interface and partner with government agencies to leverage state and nationwide efforts with our own for robust, long lasting, widespread impacts on land management

Broadly, we seek to answer these two questions:

1. How can we use the healthy soil principles to increase productivity, diversity, and resilience (to drought, erosion, etc.) on working drylands?

2.  How can waste be transformed to improve ecological, social, and economic outcomes for rural producers?

CRI Team


Carbon Ranch Director

Eva is an ecologist with interests in how plant-microbe interactions in soil affect biogeochemical cycling such as nitrogen and carbon. She has a background in curriculum development for learners of all ages and backgrounds, for example through a science communication fellowship with the Explora Museum and a teaching assistantship that built ecology and evolution labs for the University of New Mexico Department of Biology. She has also trained in active listening and mediation as a way of better engaging with collaborators across all backgrounds. Eva was born and raised in New Mexico (weekends spent on a horse on her dad’s property in La Puebla), explored the coasts for college and her masters, and came back to New Mexico for her PhD working with the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Station. In her free time, she enjoys all types of dance, watching Formula 1 car racing, and helping her husband build stuff in the garage.

Eva at quiviracoalition dot org

Jess Robinson

Carbon Ranch Planner

Jess grew up in Southern Illinois and spent most of her life in the Midwest where she developed her love and passion for the natural world and its many complexities. She moved to New Mexico a couple years ago and fell in love with the people, culture and landscape of this beautiful state. She has a Master’s degree in Conservation Ecology from the University of Michigan and in her career in ecology and agriculture she has gained skills in invasive species management, field research and inventory, and farming and farm planning for organic vegetable farms. In addition, she has a passion for and expertise in educational programming and curriculum development for diverse learners through her work as a Savanna Institute program manager in Wisconsin and a middle school science teacher here in New Mexico. Jess is passionate about building community and ecological resilience in agriculture through an agroecological and racial justice framework, and is excited to support New Mexican producers through ranch planning and education!  When she isn’t working, Jess is hitting the hiking and biking trails, baking sourdough bread, and growing food for her community. 

Jessica at quiviracoalition dot org

Reid Hensen

Carbon Ranch Advisory Planner

Reid comes to us from Colorado, where he is working on finishing up a M.S. in Agricultural Economics. Reid has lived and worked on various sheep and cattle ranches in Montana, Idaho, and Colorado and looks forward to participating in conservation ranching efforts in New Mexico. He has experience working with government and private grazing land leases, federal conservation programs, enterprise analysis, and intensive grazing management, and direct marketing. Reid is passionate about making conservation minded ranching a profitable endeavor for all and is excited about his new position at Quivira. In his free time you can catch him on a run, a ski, or wetting a fishing line on a creek.

Reid at quiviracoalition dot org

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