Soils hold large amounts of carbon (C), and have the potential to influence atmospheric CO2 levels. As a consequence of this, considerable research efforts are currently focused on identifying farming practices that increase soil C levels. This is an attractive goal since it can lead to a reduction in atmospheric CO2, and at the same time improve soil quality, through better water holding capacity, nutrient availability and textural properties. Here we discuss a regional project which involved sampling over 80 apple, cherry and vineyard sites along the Okanagan Valley from Osoyoos to Vernon. We set out to investigate the impact of irrigation on C stored in soils in orchards and vineyards. Overall, concentrations of soil C were highest in cherry orchards, intermediate in apple orchards, and lowest in vineyards. Across all these cropping systems, our work has shown that the soils in the drive rows between the crops have more C in them than the irrigated soils by the crops themselves. Our analysis suggests this C is associated with recently assimilated C and probably comes from shallow rooted grasses and cover crops, together with inputs from pruning debris and litter. By careful management and a better understanding of how C cycles through these systems, the drive rows might be used to deliberately capture atmospheric CO2, helping reduce the impacts of climate change and at the same time, improve soil quality and increase crop yields.