Kate Cox, Editor at The New Food Economy, is the special guest host of this episode on Heritage Radio Network live at Slow Food Nations in Denver, Colorado. Kate spoke with Grant McCargo, Meriwether Hardie, and Lilly Hancock from our team here at Bio-Logical Capital. They discuss regenerative agriculture and the work that goes into investing in agriculture and improving the systems in place to support growers along every step of the food production pipeline as well as the burden of America’s focus on commodity agriculture.
Although urban agriculture is often viewed as a modern development, farming was once the center of community, not a peripheral figure. Cities are working to revive their agricultural roots and urban agriculture is at the forefront of developing green spaces and placing an emphasis on food accessibility and affordability in the heart of cities.
In our industrial system of food – there are no entrepreneurs. At Bio-Logical Capital, we are working to deconstruct our food system. Hear directly from our Chief of Staff, Meriwether Hardie, in this new video speaking to what our work looks like and how we spend our days. Our model of Stewardship Development generates nutrient rich soil, eliminating costly pesticides and fertilizers, and creates good, healthy food. Keep watching to learn more!
The commoditization of agriculture has done great things for product consistency and price stabilization, but has frequently fractured regional food systems in its wake. For every ten bags of all-purpose flour I buy from a producer like Ardent Mills, all ten will taste stale, and yet the same. What the producer gains in sameness and shelf-stability, the farmer loses in revenue and product control; and the consumer loses in flavor, terroir, locality, and traceability.
Today we rely on a label to tell us that the food we are consuming is fresh and natural, and that when we buy ground beef at the store, that the animal that was treated humanely. In most cases, our connection to the food that we consume is through a smattering of labels, certifications, and nutritional facts. How have we, as a species, become so detached from our food, something so deeply fundamental to what it means to be a human?
In 1944, Paul Fagan acquired 14,000 acres of land in Hana and brought cattle from Molokaʻi to start Hana Ranch. Today, Hana Ranch is a working cattle ranch and diversified organic farm. Although some of our pastures are located on green rolling hillsides, other pastures run up the mountains cut with sharp lava rock, and other pastures slide into lush, coastal rainforests. Many of these landscapes are impassable by motorized vehicle and impractical to walk on foot. Here, the horse is a necessary tool and a trusted companion.
In 2018 Bio-Logical Capital grew our team, our projects, and our areas of expertise. We are continuing our work towards healthier landscapes and more vibrant communities in Hawaiʻi, Vermont, California, Colorado and beyond, while fostering the growth of an extraordinary team here at our office in Denver.
Every spring I walk through fields freshly planted with an array of diverse seeds. Every summer I watch those seeds become fruit and vegetables that feed families. And in the fall, as storage crops get put away and what is left becomes jams and pickles, I know that this food experience that I have is a tiny fraction of how most humans on the planet interact with and consume food.
We believe that there is a real opportunity to shift human development models from an “extract and move on” approach to one in which we “enrich, hold, and share” the land’s many resources. In an effort to inspire more individuals and organizations to take this holistic approach towards conservation and development, we’ve written a paper that captures what we mean by Stewardship Development.