Committed to Funding Sustainable and Prosperous Farming
Research shows that with proper management and by incorporating high-tech and sustainable approaches, farms can magnify as well as preserve their yields. The farms of the future will need to support a growing population amid a changing climate and scarce natural resources, and by investing in sustainable agriculture, you can help ensure a healthy planet and food security for all.
FarmTogether's mission is to bring creative and transformative capital to farming while opening up a vital asset class to all investors. By driving abundant and creative capital to farmers, we’re giving investors the opportunity to drive agriculture toward sustainability on a massive scale.
100% of FarmTogether Acreage Enrolled in The Leading Harvest Sustainability Standard
What is Leading Harvest?
Leading Harvest is a new nonprofit organization at the vanguard of sustainable agriculture. It launched in April of 2020 with over 2 million U.S. acres committed to its platform. Leading Harvest’s inaugural product is a first-ever universal outcomes-based certification program. It verifies that farmland is being managed sustainably through outcomes-based evidence and third-party audits.
What Composes The Standard?
The standard addresses 13 sustainability principles.Learn More
iiSoil Health and Conservation
iiiProtection of Water Resources
ivProtection of Crops
vEnergy Use, Air Quality and Climate Change
viWaste and Material Management
viiConservation of Biodiversity
viiiProtection of Special Sites
xEmployees and Farm Labor
xiLegal and Regulatory Compliance
xiiManagement Review and Continual Improvement
FarmTogether recognizes the enormous potential of sustainable farmland management practices. After years of careful consideration, research, and broad stakeholder engagement, Leading Harvest has created a standard that encapsulates the breadth and depth of measurable sustainable farmland management practices.
COO & Founding Team, FarmTogether
Examples of Sustainable Agriculture From FarmTogether’s Portfolio
To help manage soil fertility and avoid erosion, farmers can plant cover crops - plants that grow low to the ground and cover bare soil with vegetation. Cover crops slow the pace of water runoff from soils and improve topsoil structure and aggregation, and over time will lead to increases in soil organic matter. Some cover crops can also fix nitrogen into soils and improve overall nutrient cycling.
Our operator for both Deer Creek and Fawn Creek pistachio orchards utilizes cover crops, illustrating how this practice can transform permanent crop management.
Transitioning To Organic
Rather than using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, organic farms rely on nature-based methods such as using composts, cover crops, and natural microbial inputs to elevate crops’ natural pest defenses. Gaining an organic certification can be an important economic boost as well, allowing access to a fast-growing value-added market.
FarmTogether already has two properties transitioning to organic: Galaxy Apple Orchard and Garcia Mandarin Grove. Our partnerships with best-in-class operators will allow us to feature more offerings like these in the future.
Many of our permanent crop properties feature micro-drip irrigation technology that delivers precisely the right amount of water, right when the crops need it. This preserves long-term water supply by avoiding waste and makes the farm more resilient to drought - a crucial aspect of sustainability for farms in Mediterranean climates like California.
Sustainable Farmland: Impact and Returns
Though sustainable farms and conventional farms produce comparable yields in side-by-side comparisons, sustainable farms are better equipped to continue to feed the growing world population for years to come.
By conserving water, emphasizing organic and nature-based farming methods, and leveraging technological and agronomic innovations to make farms more efficient, farmers can reduce their costs and increase their profits, meaning better returns for both themselves and investors.
Sustainably managing farmland will also reinforce the land’s value. Farms with healthy soils, ample water, and efficient infrastructure are worth more, and this will be increasingly true in a future where high-quality farmland is increasingly scarce.
By investing in upgrades to conventional farms, investors in turn share in the rewards with cash income, capital appreciation, a balanced portfolio, and the satisfaction of helping to preserve the best of our rural land and communities.
How Regenerative Agriculture Can Reverse Climate Change
One major solution to climate change is just below our feet.
What is Regenerative Agriculture?
Regenerative agriculture entails using nature-based methods to restore the health of soils and farm ecosystems. Methods such as cover cropping, minimizing tillage, crop rotations, and agroforestry can improve nutrient cycling and sequester atmospheric carbon into soils.
These outcomes mean a healthier farm, a healthier farmland investment, and a healthier climate.
Regenerative agriculture will look different on each individual farm - every farm’s ecosystem and local context are unique, and will require its own mix of nature-based methods to restore the land’s health. Still, every approach to regenerative agriculture focuses on improving the health of crops and soils, reintroducing biodiversity, and removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Sustainable Agriculture vs Regenerative Agriculture
While sustainable agriculture focuses on mitigating adverse impacts on the environment, regenerative agriculture focuses on actively restoring the health of degraded ecosystems.
Regenerative agriculture regenerates the land, creating a new, more-fertile and more-nutrient-rich topsoil.
Overall, both sustainable and regenerative agriculture represent excellent investment opportunities, and a step in the right direction.