June 2021

Sustainable Agriculture & Food

Above video clip from Farmer’s Footprint: Regeneration–The Beginning. This film looks at the trials and victories of the Breitkreutz family farm’s conversion to regenerative agriculture. A soil health expert and medical doctor link chronic disease to chemically-dependent practices. Transitioning has helped their row cropping operation and significantly reduced input costs for their cattle.

Welcome to our June 2021 issue, where we dig into the world of Sustainable Agriculture and Food, a topic that is vitally important on numerous levels, from human health to animal welfare, from environmental sustainability to the ever-expanding investment opportunities. Our articles include: Reaping the Promise of Regenerative Ag by Craig Wichner of Farmland LP; Investing in Local Sustainable Ag and Food by Dorothy Suput of The Carrot Project; Ag-Tech in Appalachia by Mark LaVerghetta of Land Betterment Corp; and Native American Restorative Ag and Economics by Theo Ferguson of Healing Living Systems. Also, don’t miss 30 Harvests, an informative video on the challenges facing today’s farmers.

I want to acknowledge a few of my favorite organizations in the world of food and farming. First is Foodtank who does a fantastic job disseminating information online and with their events. Also, Edible Communities that offers an inspirational collection of magazines that includes over 80 local food publications from different regions around America. And finally a big congratulations to our friends over at Equal Exchange on their 35th Anniversary year.

Cliff Feigenbaum, founder/publisher

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Craig Wichner-Farmland LP

Reaping the Promise of Regenerative Agriculture

Craig Wichner
Farmland LP
Regenerative farming involves nurturing the land through healthy soil biology, crop rotations, pollinator habitat, and other science-based practices focused on making that land more vital and productive to the roots. We look at each 20 to 40 acre field on each farm and identify its ideal crops and develop a 10-year crop rotation plan to increase soil health, plant happiness and the best economics.
 

Dorothy Suput-The Carrot Project

The Carrot Project: Investing in Local Sustainable Ag and Food

Dorothy Suput
The Carrot Project
During the pandemic, farmers and food producers selling locally showed their strength, as the global food system showed weakness. Local farms provided good food, while stewarding the land and strengthening communities. Our local food ecosystem’s resilience is a result of the incredible work ethic of farmers, buoyed by varied collaborations and the growing role of investors.
 

Betterment Harvest: Ag-Tech in Appalachia

Mark LaVerghetta
Land Betterment Corporation
Betterment Harvest is currently building on the regional momentum to bring a scalable and community-based approach to sustainable Ag which utilizes state-of-the-art, science-based practices that maximize productivity and profit while minimizing environmental damage, like installing indoor hydroponic systems in renovated industrial buildings in KY.
 

Theo Ferguson-Healing Living Systems

Speed of Trust: A Native American Investment Example of Restorative Agriculture and Economics

Theo Ferguson
Healing Living Systems
Indigenous people are on a journey together. Money is love. Money is medicine. These enterprises are cultural capital. We undertake these entrepreneurial deals as Native Americans. This regenerative agricultural enterprise is taking back the Buffalo, our relatives, and bringing our people back to their health.
 
 

Can We Pay Farmers to Store Carbon in Their Fields-by Marcello Rossi-CCM

Can We Pay Farmers to Store Carbon Emissions in Their Fields?

Marcello Rossi
Climate & Capital Media
Simply cutting CO2 emissions is not enough, says the UN IPCC. To slow global warming, we need to actually remove carbon from the sky. But how? As companies turn to the latest carbon-capture technologies, one low-tech solution has been gaining ground: Carbon farming, or regenerative agriculture.

Climate and Capital Media


June 2021 Additional Articles

Organic Valley Launches Clean Energy Fund for its Farmers-GreenMoney-June 2021

Organic Valley Launches Clean Energy Fund for its Farmers

Advancing its commitment to regenerative farming systems, Organic Valley is partnering with the Clean Energy Credit Union to provide loans for farmers seeking to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels with renewable energy and efficiencies. The program is first of its kind for both cooperatives, pioneering a unique clean energy loan fund for over 1,700 farmers across the country.
2021 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 List of Sustainability Leaders

2021 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 List of Sustainability Leaders

Their dreams are bright: Walkable, equitable cities. Clean energy for Native American communities. Planet-healing fast food. Circular outdoor gear. Decarbonized buildings. Electrified mobility. That’s only a sampling of the ambitions of the sixth class of the GreenBiz 30 Under 30. The honorees for 2021 are intrepid startup founders, tenacious corporate innovators and determined public servants.
Domini 2020 Impact Report-GreenMoney

Domini 2020 Impact Report: Opportunities for Positive Change in a Challenging Year

Domini Impact Investments LLC, a women-led impact investment firm, has published their 2020 Impact Report, which highlights how investors came together to harness the power of finance to build a better world—despite the world 2020 delivered. The report underscores—our climate crisis, the COVID pandemic, and racial and gender inequality.
Calvert Impact Capital Invests in Sunwealth for Solar Access, Energy Savings and Jobs-GreenMoney

Calvert Impact Capital Invests in Sunwealth for Solar Access, Energy Savings & Jobs

Clean energy investment firm Sunwealth has received a $3M loan from CIC to support their solar access work. They’ll be using the financing, together with a tax equity investment from private investors, to support 18 solar projects on the rooftops and parking lots of NGOs, Apt. buildings, Churches and office buildings in underserved areas.
Giants of Social Investing-John Streur and Jack Robinsion by Bruce Piasecki

Giants of Social Investing: John Streur and Jack Robinson

This book offers clear-eyed portraits of two successful and intriguing major world investors. These profiles offer the immediacy of oral history, the hard-won knowledge of lived experience, with direct quotes from the major investors. This covers world history as their investments have influenced over 5,000 companies during their careers.
Future 500s Force for Good Forecast 2021-Sustainability and Stakeholder Trends

Future 500’s Force for Good Forecast 2021: Sustainability and Stakeholder Trends

Each year, we publish our forecast to help corporate leaders navigate and lead on the year's most notable ESG advocacy trends like: Racial Justice, Biodiversity, Chemical Recycling, ESG Disclosures, Building Electrification, a K-Shaped Recovery, Net Zero, Community Resilience, and Companies & Democracy.

 

Featured Video

Why Regenerative Organic? Part 2: Soil Is the Solution

A Patagonia Provisions film (link below) Because healthy soil traps carbon, many believe that Regenerative Organic farming methods have the potential to change the way we grow food and fiber and restore the health of our soil and climate. These practices help build healthy soil that could help draw down more carbon from the atmosphere than conventional methods. Watch Part 1: Big Agriculture is Broken and Part 3: What We’re Doing (and Why)

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