This circa 1951 photo is a courtesy of the Boys Town Hall of History.
Developing Regenerative Organic Farms
We are organizing a “development company” for regenerative organic farms. This company will work at the intersection of marketing, farm real estate, farm credit and finance.
Our goal is to support experienced producers and landowners who want to pass profitable diversified organic farms to the next generation within their families and communities.
Firms and individuals with experience in these disciplines are invited to contact me.
Page 2 on this website explains financing, including new local business structures and a demonstration project.
Page 3 describes our market research and business planning process.
Page 4 explains how pasture-based organic agriculture can help regenerate natural resources and improve consumer heath.
Qualifications and History
The ideas offered on this website start with my late father, Bob Steffen. He was the farm manager for Father Flanagan at Boys Town for thirty years and a leader in developing commercial-scale organic and Biodynamic farming methods in the Midwest.
In later life, my parents moved to a small farm near Bennington, Nebraska where Dad raised Biodynamic grain for specialty millers and fresh produce for local restaurants in Omaha. Mom and Dad also rented their Massena, Iowa pasture to neighbors for their cow-calf operations.
Dad introduced me to many holistic thinkers, including E.F. Shumacher, Wendell Berry and Alan Savory. More recently, my reading on the economic potential of local food systems include Woody Tasch (Slow Money) and Michael Shuman (Local Dollars, Local Sense).
My current interests are in developing profitable pasture-based organic farms and connecting these farms to consumers and investors in nearby cities. Our greatest challenge today is to find the economies of scale that lie between “too small to make money” and the realities of the established food system – all without ignoring the real needs of land, labor, capital and management.
Posted 03-31-2020, revised 02-20-2021