2018 Year in Review

By Grant McCargo

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. This year we set out to write regularly on our website to share insights into our work and values as a company. Our team ended up contributing ideas almost every month with topics ranging from biophilic design to climate change to steps for encouraging team collaboration. You can read them all here.

In our work we find opportunity and inspiration. We believe that through thoughtful land stewardship our systems of agriculture, resource management, and human settlement can be made resilient and overcome the many challenges of today’s world. Bio-Logical Capital invites you to join with us in the holiday spirit as we celebrate healthy lands and communities in 2018. We look forward to continuing to share our progress with you and wish you best in the New Year.

Hear directly from our team below as they think about the past year’s growth and look forward to 2019.

What I am most excited about as I look forward to 2019 is continuing to build relationships within our growing and talented team, securing work projects in Colorado (our backyard!), and seeing the successes of Philo Ridge Farm continue to grow with the farm market being open for its first full year. - Meriwether

Meriwether doing some hive checks at Philo Ridge Farm in Vermont.

Meriwether doing some hive checks at Philo Ridge Farm in Vermont.

A newborn calf at Hana Ranch.

A newborn calf at Hana Ranch.

My favorite climbing crag from this year has to be Black Velvet Wall in Red Rocks, Nevada. i highly recommend it!

- Lilly

My first year with Bio-Logical Capital has been full of learning from those around me, growing into the challenges given to me, and improving myself. I am grateful to be in an environment that encourages these things and excited to see what the year ahead will bring for all of us. - Scott

The kitchen library at Philo Ridge Farm.

The kitchen library at Philo Ridge Farm.

I recommend watching the Netflix series “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” that came out this Fall. Just be prepared to rethink how you season and cook food! - Olivia

I have only been at BLC one month but I am finding it a truly dynamic and nurturing place to combine my scientific and design passions. Looking forward to assessing sites on the ground, seeing projects come to fruition, and growing alongside the team. - Lilly

Olivia, Meriwether, Kristen touring Square Roots in Brooklyn in January with Jane from Philo Ridge Farm.  Read about our trip here .

Olivia, Meriwether, Kristen touring Square Roots in Brooklyn in January with Jane from Philo Ridge Farm. Read about our trip here.

I recommend reading the New York Times article: “How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross.” - kristen

Meriwether riding with Hana Ranch Manager Duane on Maui.

Meriwether riding with Hana Ranch Manager Duane on Maui.

A cattle dog getting creative at cooling off at Hana Ranch.

A cattle dog getting creative at cooling off at Hana Ranch.

Over the past year I have been most excited by the progress that we have made working with our farm and ranch partners to engage with the communities in which we work by producing and sharing delicious food. As a parent, I continue to be inspired by the importance of our mission at Bio-Logical Capital as my daughter, Maddie, has entered kindergarten this year and continues to develop a more complete understanding of the work that we do. To see her engaged and excited about growing food that takes care of the land in a thoughtful way makes me a proud dad! -Morgan

Olivia and Morgan volunteering at 18 Reasons, a San Francisco non-profit.

Olivia and Morgan volunteering at 18 Reasons, a San Francisco non-profit.

i loved reading (and highly recommend) Kristen’s article about food waste and climate change, “The Climate Case for Eating Your Leftovers.” - morgan

Grant, as usual, at the helm!

Grant, as usual, at the helm!

It’s been incredibly exciting watching new team members join our company and the energy they bring. We have big things planned for 2019 and can’t wait to see what we do. Highlights for me from this past year are some of the team meals we’ve cooked and eaten together on project trips - often with produce we harvested that day! - Olivia

Cowboys teaching the next generation how to rope at Hana Ranch.

Cowboys teaching the next generation how to rope at Hana Ranch.

I really enjoyed learning about the research going into different land-use strategies and how they might affect GHG emissions in “how dirt can save the earth” -Jacob

The mobile chicken coop in action at Philo Ridge Farm.

The mobile chicken coop in action at Philo Ridge Farm.

My first year was filled with so much learning and joy getting to know both our BLC team and our project-based teams. Spending time on-site at Hana Ranch and Philo Ridge Farm have been the highlights. These landscapes are uniquely beautiful, rich in history and heritage, and surrounded by inspiring communities. I'm ending this year filled with gratitude! - Kristen

Meriwether, Kristen and Lilly sailing in the Bay.

Meriwether, Kristen and Lilly sailing in the Bay.

Market Garden in full swing at Philo Ridge Farm.

Market Garden in full swing at Philo Ridge Farm.

i recommend Watching Meriwether’s panel discussion on soil health at the Stone Barns Center’s Young Farmers Conference here. - Scott

I just recently joined the team, and I have been humbled daily by the spirit and wisdom of my colleagues. 2019 will be an exciting year as we widen and deepen our impact as land stewards. -Jacob

Kristen and Meriwether visit the GrowHaus in Denver.

Kristen and Meriwether visit the GrowHaus in Denver.

Favorite dish I cooked is from the Cookbook Jerusalem, it’s the Za’atar Roasted Chicken Breast. It is an easy one-skillet chicken dinner with amazing flavor! - Meriwether

Field walk with Philo Ridge farmer Jane in Vermont.

Field walk with Philo Ridge farmer Jane in Vermont.