Welcome to our annual issue on Investing in Sustainable Agriculture and Food. As climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have shown us – there are serious vulnerabilities in our supply chains, from agricultural products and fertilizer to manufacturing, and baby formulas. And now inflation has hit, well… everything, from food to fuel. I used to like going grocery shopping at my local Sprouts Market. Now, when I read the price tags, I cringe. The writers in this June issue look at these unprecedented challenges while sharing many sustainable and regenerative solutions, so there is much to reap from this issue.
Writers include: Woody Tasch of Slow Money on Why Slow Money?; Mary Beth Gallagher of Domini Impact Investments on Food and Agriculture: Finding Sustainable Solutions, Old and New; Craig Wichner of Farmland LP on Setting the Benchmark for Sustainable Agriculture; GreenMoney’s long time editor, Ted Ketcham on the 30 year Fair Trade journey of Equal Exchange; and finally Jane Marsh of Environment.co on How Celebrity Investors Impact the Agriculture Industry. Also see our latest video, Bring Hemp Home: Colorado and listen to an engaging Regenerative Rising podcast.
Before we begin exploring, a quick note for you who might have missed our (really great) 7th annual all-Videos issue in May. You can still find the curated collection of thought-provoking short videos and discussions on our website. They are well worth your time.
Let me draw special attention to one of the May videos that features a conversation with our long-time friend and sustainability icon, Hazel Henderson, who sadly passed away recently. To honor her, take the opportunity to watch one of the last talks she gave on Saltwater Agriculture, as part of the Wall Street Green Summit in late March.
Speaking of time, it’s almost time to raise the curtain on our special 30th Anniversary Year issues. You can look for them in July and September. A great group of writers and industry leaders will look at ‘The Next 30 Years’. If you know someone who should read the special issues – they can subscribe here.
– Cliff Feigenbaum, publisher and founder
Regenerative Rising Podcast – Elevating Stories, Activating Change host and ED/founder Seleyn DeYarus sits down with Heather Terry, CEO/founder of GoodSam Foods to discuss how GoodSam protects the planet to protect the people. They discuss how GoodSam Foods navigates the different contexts involved with sourcing their ingredients from Columbia and Kenya as well as how the company builds trust and supports the communities they work with. Heather shares her journey from being a professional actor on Broadway to co-founding her first chocolate company, NibMor. “When we talk about regenerative agriculture, what a lot of people in the U.S. are missing, in most instances, is that regenerative agriculture is smallholder farmer and Indigenous wisdom.”
Savory Institute Mid-Atlantic Hub – At the Robinia Institute in Central Virginia, Savory Hub leader Daniel Griffith is developing bold, new initiatives to bring the land-regenerating potential of Holistic Management to farmers and communities of the Mid-Atlantic. In this short film, we follow Daniel’s partnership with The Lands at Hillside Farms – a historic Pennsylvania-based educational dairy farm that wanted to find a better home for their bull calves.
Robinia is pioneering a “calf donation network” to transpose what is perceived as “waste” in one sector and turning it into abundance in another. Instead of going the feedlot route, Robinia is re-homing these calves humanely to local farmers where they regenerate degraded pasturelands and provide new value in subsistence farming. As a Savory Hub, Robinia is also offering these farmers training and implementation support in Holistic Management, land verification through the Ecological Outcome Verification (EOV) protocol, and access to financial resources through their Common Wealth Network.