Ian McSweeney, 400M US acres will change hands soon, how to make them regenerative?!

Facilitating the transition of the best regenerative soil to the next regeneration of regen farmers: an interview with Ian McSweeney, director of the Agrarian Trust (www.agrariantrust.org).


The Agrarian Trust’s mission is to support land access for the next generation of farmers. Supporting all stakeholders, from farmers and community members to activists and investors in this absolutely key process.

The Agrarian Trust decided to work with the oldest organic and regenerative farms (with the best soils and ecosystems) of the country and focusses on getting the next generation of farmers on this land. These farms give the new farmers a head starts of a few decades as they are much more resilient to drought, pest infestations etc. are able to do so much more with so much less in terms of labor and time.

Instead of focussing on getting new farmers on them on land with poor soil, poor infrastructure etc.

Some highlights of our conversation:

  • Great wealth has been accumulated in this country through extractive industries. We need to collectively realise that the returns and wealth we got used to are based on extractive and exploitation. 
  • We need to get used to negative return, we need to return wealth to the soil, the ecosystems and communities we extracted for so long. 
  • We need to look at ways to compensate for sequestering carbon in soils. 
  • The prices of the leases of the Agrarian trust are directly connected to the soil building of the farmers.

The crowdfund platform Ian mentioned:

To find out more / to support go to Agrarian Trust: 

Thank you Thomas Rippel for the introduction to Ian.

Listen to the interview with Thomas on how to finance Farmland Stewardship Organisations through the blockchain.


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