A recent article by Bryan Welch from bthechange.com featured HMI investor and Advisory Council member, Sallie Calhoun. Titled “Sallie Calhoun: Engineer Turned Soil Health and Sustainable Agriculture Investor,” this article focuses on how Sallie is investing in “dirt and regenerative agriculture systems” through her purchase and development of the Paicines Ranch where HMI just held its 2016 Gathering and investing in various regenerative agricultural businesses as well as non-profits like HMI who are training farmers and ranchers in regenerative agriculture.
Through Sallie’s investment firm, Cienega Capital, (run by CEO Esther Park), Sallie has invested $21 million in regenerative agriculture whether through farmland investment, land and operating loans, or food company investments. As Sallie noted: “It’s our strategy to use all of our forms of capital — investment, philanthropic, ecological and human — to work toward improved soil health. We think that’s the most valuable, most fundamental, investment.”