A healthy food system is fundamental to the well-being of society. Unfortunately, to date, not enough attention has been paid to caring for the underlying natural and social structures on which we depend for nourishment. As a result, soil has eroded, aquifers depleted, farmers displaced, and carbon emitted because of unsustainable farming practices.
Apple Polllination Hive
Sustainability can hold many meanings. To the farmer, it can be whether or not they can afford to do something again next year, and to an investor, it can represent peace of mind knowing that they are investing in something that won’t cost future generations. To us, sustainability is:
The way in which we create value while honoring the past, present, and future.
Our bridge between ESG considerations and cost reduction, risk reduction, and revenue creation.
A defining quality of good business and a major driver of long-term value.
Drip Irrigation on Grafted Apple Tree
Farmers care about being good stewards of the land, and taking care of their crops and the soil. Investors care about ensuring that their investments are having a positive impact on the world. Consumers increasingly care about receiving healthy food that’s responsibly managed, from a seller they can trust.
Protecting and improving the natural resources associated with Farmland Investments including soil health, soil conservation, water quality and availability, and the biodiversity of ecosystems. Utilizing and promoting practices, such as conservation tillage and cover crops, in order to maintain and increase the long-term productivity of farmland.
Respecting the rights and interests of the diverse communities and stakeholders impacted by I.F.’s activities, recognizing the distinct legal rights and cultural interests of indigenous peoples, and supporting the economic resilience of the local communities in which we farm.
Increasing education and opportunity for populations that have historically been underrepresented within agriculture, broadening our outreach to ensure we are hiring people that truly represent the communities we serve, and ensuring our companies reflect and celebrate the depth and breadth of the human experience.
Before something can be sustained, it must first be nourished and supported. We stand at a juncture in history where we must reimagine, redesign, and rebuild our agriculture and food systems. Growing food in a way that yields high-quality, nutritious products, improves health outcomes, rebuilds soil, and regenerates our natural ecosystems is not just in the hands of a few—we all must take responsibility. We invite you to join us on this journey.
Fort Valley, Georgia
They say you can’t manage what you don’t measure. To this end, we are leveraging our dedication to research, technology, and partnerships to measure our outcomes on the ground.
Soil Samples Per Year*
* Soil samples are calculated as an average since inception from 12/31/21.
In Our R&D Model Farm™ Program
Acres Implementing Cover Crops*
* As of 12/31/21.
Trees Planted Since 2018 to Sequester Carbon*
* As of 12/31/21.