In the last 50 years, farms around the world have shifted to large-scale industrial monocultures. These homogenous and mechanistic systems have destroyed living and cultural capital, and made it difficult if not impossible for small diversified family farms to maintain their livelihoods. To reverse this trend and regenerate local soils, waters, and economies, farms must become more like the ecosystems that host them.

Integral Farms Group is an eco-agricultural farm developer that designs and grows a new generation of highly-integrated farm operations modeled on the strengths of natural ecosystems. Instead of developing individual farms, we assemble portfolios of interconnected enterprises across multiple farm ecosystems that produce specialty agricultural products and generate long-term, climate-smart, inflation-linked cash flows.

Each farm enterprise uses organic and permaculture practices to continually enhance ecosystem health and agricultural production. Alone, it would be difficult for individual farms and farmers to successfully manage all aspects of planning, sourcing, production, harvest, marketing, sales, distribution, accounting, maintenance, and ongoing farm development. Our multi-farm management infrastructure relieves farmers of onerous office work and allows them to focus on what they love: growing food. Plus, we link enterprises together so that the outputs of one enterprise (e.g. manure) become the inputs of the next enterprise (e.g. composting). This lowers costs throughout the system, reduces reliance on external inputs and enhancing overall resilience.

Converging Trends

Key Strategies:

  • Land Discovery & Acquisition: We identify geographically-clustered and undervalued farmland with our proprietary data analysis tool PayDirt.

  • Enterprise Design: Interlinked enterprises that functionally support each other are matched to the climate, topography, and soils.

  • Professional Farm Managers: Teams of highly-skilled and age-diverse farm managers build experiential and intellectual capital for the whole system.

  • Management: Non-farm functions are consolidated to lower the ratio of administration time to cultivation time for farmers. An integrated management structure spreads overall operational risk and offers opportunities for knowledge-sharing and professional development.

  • Integrated Brand: A unified brand, positioned as the eco-smart alternative for healthy and delicious food, supports both wholesale and retail distribution, helps the company access larger-scale distribution relationships and brings greater efficiency in bringing products to market.