Category: Farmland Articles

Here is our library of interesting and educational articles about farmland.

The Best is Yet to Come

I thought you might find this article that came out today in the Green Money Journal of interest and to reminder that our team at Sustainable Farm Partners look forward to staying in touch. There is great satisfaction in knowing you can invest profitably in a way that aligns with your personal values.

These value-based investments in organic farming come one farm at a time. Investing in our next farm opportunity, Fairfield One, is closing in six weeks.

The best is yet to come. Continue reading

CEO, Director of Farm Management & General Partner

Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP
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When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. – Alexander Den Heijer

Organic Economics In A World of Industrial Agriculture: Applying the Power of Nature

In order to understand how we arrived at today’s food system and the opportunity to expand into organics, some history is in order.

Prior to World War II, the food economy in the US was typified by organic market gardens and small grocery stores that carried fewer than 500 items. Self-sufficiency was a necessity as the economic grip of the Great Depression remained. The food supply was local and the average farm size was 157 acres. Continue reading

CEO, Director of Farm Management & General Partner

Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP
www.SustainableFarmPartners.com
Emmetsburg IA – Santa Fe NM

W: (505) 663-6034
C: (650) 804-0198

When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. – Alexander Den Heijer

Robots in the Mud

There is a lot of well-deserved interest in agriculture these days. After all, growing food is critical in any economy and is uncorrelated to gyrations in the stock market. In fact, the value of Iowa farmland out-perform the DJIA. The question here is, can high tech robotics improve our yields, returns, and efficiency?

Recently, a group of researchers from Harper Adams University in the UK designed an integrated system of robots to undertake all the necessary farming steps to grow and harvest a one hector plot of barley. While the barley yield in their experiment was below par, I give them high marks for Continue reading

CEO, Director of Farm Management & General Partner

Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP
www.SustainableFarmPartners.com
Emmetsburg IA – Santa Fe NM

W: (505) 663-6034
C: (650) 804-0198

When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. – Alexander Den Heijer

An Unusual Organic Crop Rotation

When I was eleven working on my family farms in Emmetsburg, our license plate proudly stated “Iowa, A Place To Grow”. That has never been truer than today. What has changed for my family is how we farm, moving from conventional chemical-based farming to organic.

Today our organic crop rotations include corn, oats, soybeans, alfalfa and other small grains, all in support of feeding a hungry world. Each year our soil yields more information about our fields and as we learn more, we adapt our rotations to support natures amazing ability to balance and produce. Little did I know back when I was eleven that Continue reading

CEO, Director of Farm Management & General Partner

Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP
www.SustainableFarmPartners.com
Emmetsburg IA – Santa Fe NM

W: (505) 663-6034
C: (650) 804-0198

When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. – Alexander Den Heijer

The Economist – January 3, 2015

January 3, 2015 “Institutional investors such as pension funds see farmland as fertile ground to plough … farming them out to specialist funds … Over the past 20 years in America, annual returns of 12% have caused some to dub it “gold with a coupon” … it out performed most asset classes … with low volatility … and farmland is less sensitive to economic shocks (people continue to eat even during downturns in interest rate hikes) …”

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Sustainable Farm Partners, LLP
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Emmetsburg IA – Santa Fe NM

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When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. – Alexander Den Heijer