Financing Regenerative Agriculture
Important Announcement: The 2015 Carbon Farming Course has been cancelled. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you!
Agriculture is the foundation for a living local economy. Agriculture is the fundamental process that transforms soil, water, and sunlight into the basic means of survival and economic abundance. Much of the current global financial system does not understand this basic reality. However, a small and growing network of farmers, investors, and entrepreneurs is quickly creating systemic change, and developing new pathways for financing regenerative agriculture. These world-changing organizations who participated in the 2012 conference include:
- Slow Money Alliance
- Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
- Solari, Inc.
- Social Venture Network
- Farm incubators (such as the Hudson Valley Farm Hub and the Intervale Center in Burlington, VT)
Financing Regenerative Agriculture is a participatory one-day conference that brings these networks together. In the midst of the multi-disciplinary Carbon Farming Course, Financing Regenerative Agriculture allows farmers, landowners, and researchers to share their latest thinking and strategize with the entrepreneurs, investors, and foundation representatives who manage significant flows of financial capital in our current system. With funders, producers, and consumers of agricultural goods all at the table, this conference is an action-packed exercise in associative economics. The conference includes a series of presentations, panels, small-group breakouts, and cross-pollination discussions, capped off by whole-group plenaries and strategic planning sessions.
Details of the 2015 Financing Regenerative Agriculture conference to come soon. Please see the below schedule from the 2012 conference for an outline of what to expect.
Previous Conference Schedule: Carbon Farming 2012
8:00am – Registration & Networking 9:00am Introduction & Framing 9:15am Plenary 1 – New Paradigms for Finance
- Ethan Roland – Carbon Farming – 8 Forms of Capital
- Connor Stedman – Carbon Farming – Mapping Enterprise & Funding Options for Regenerative Land Use
- Charles Eisenstein – Sacred Economics – Money, Gift, and Transition
10:00am Breakout 1 (Same speakers take questions) 10:20am BREAK
- Freeman White – Launcht – Crowdfunding for Social Enterprise
- Rebecca Fletcher – Equity Trust – Preserving Farms for Farmers
- Linda Borghi – SPIN Farming – Make Big Money on Small Plots SPIN Farming
11:15am Open Space
1:30pm Plenary 2 – Carbon Markets and Beyond
- Rob Maddox – Sterling Planet – Current State of the Carbon Markets
- Bob Wagner – New England Farmer’s Union – Exploring the Potential for Carbon Trading in New England Agriculture
- Abe Collins – Soil Carbon Coalition – New Soil Quantum
2:15pm Breakout 2 (Same speakers take questions)
3:00pm Plenary 3 – Investing for Regeneration
- Derek Denckla & Brian Kaminer – Slow Money NYC – Catalyzing new investment channels that enhance local, small sustainable food and farm business.
- John Friedman – Lawyer – Legal structures for investment in food-system enterprises
- Jeannie Zouck – Lancaster Exchange – Local stock exchanges
- Jason Eaton – Social Thread – Financial Permaculture
4:00pm Breakout 2 (Same speakers take questions)
4:15pm Action Planning & Next Steps
4:55pm Closing by Ethan