As long-term farmland stewards, we create opportunities for:
- Farmers of premium quality crops and livestock to expand their production to meet customer demand, without having to go into debt to buy land;
- Investors to benefit from owning professionally managed farmland through increased value of the land, produce, and animals;
- Everyone to enjoy the benefits of less chemicals in our air, water, and food; more carbon sequestered in the soils; more biodiversity of birds and other creatures visible to the naked eye, as well as the invisible but extraordinary microbial life under the soils; and more high quality, less expensive, sustainably produced, locally grown food.
What We Do
We purchased this property in February 2010. Six weeks later we planted a pasture mix developed specifically for this cropland, designed to produce maximum forage all year long. Six weeks after planting, this is what the land looked like before the sheep were rotated onto it to graze.
Sheep grazed the new pasture about five times that season. Livestock grazing on land, when done sustainably, improves the quality of the farmland. Notice how the clover below is much more prevalent. Clover, like other legumes, fix nitrogen creating a natural fertilizer. This is how the farmland looked going into winter.
This is the same farmland in early spring. The baby lambs can barely see their moms through the spring flush of early season grasses.
The sheep graze sections of the land intensively for one to three days, and then move to the next area of pasture. This “rotation intensive grazing” stimulates pasture growth and soil health while producing about 25% more meat per acre than conventional stock grazing.
John Neumeister runs Cattail Creek Lamb, and has produced premium quality lamb for over 30 years. John is an advisor to Farmland LP, and below he is working with Mac Stewart, Vitality Farms’ shepherd and livestock manager. All of John’s lambs are born and raised on Farmland LP farmland.
Including hens in the rotation produces rich soil and great-tasting eggs. The mobile hen house in the background is an example of how we provide infrastructure to farmers while allowing for free-range, happy hens.
Bill Niman is an advisor to Farmland LP, and his cattle are also tenants. Bill produces super-premium grass-fed beef for top-tier restaurants and retailers.
Pastured pigs get a good portion of their nutrition from the pasture, reducing their feed costs, and providing them with very healthy diet. Pigs also serve an important niche in sustainable farmland management by helping transition land from pasture to row-crops. If you come out and visit us, you will see why they say “happy as a pig in clover” (one of their favorite foods).
Social and Environmental ImpactFarmland LP’s management practices have a positive impact while generating investment returns. Our work produces:
- Healthier food, healthier people, healthier planet
- Increased value of the land, produce and animals
- Great business opportunities for ranchers and farmers
- Competitive returns to our investors from farmland appreciation and cash flow
Next, read more about investing in farmland under Investments.