We leave no stone unturned in crafting plans to lower risk, increase income and meld operations and activities with the natural world.
Our process is in six parts.
1. Guiding Principles - Everyone has principles in how we see the land, the people, the environment, and conduct business. We first vet those down with the decision-makers to list the guiding principles the plan will adhere to and follow.
2. Regional Context - Most US farmland was settled in the mid and late 1800. The cropping history goes back well before that settlement. Still, the history and traditions of the farm were influenced by the budding communities of incoming immigrants and the needs that arose. The past has a role in planning for the future.
3. Current conditions - We inventory the current state of the farm, it's pathway and intentions considered. Mineral mining, utility easements, sinks, tiles, and numerous other issues besides the apparent fertility and lay of the land need careful consideration.
4. Opportunities and constraints are viewed from the adjacent highway systems, rail, water, and export access to regulations, prohibitions, and legal requirements.
5. Recommendations - There is a significant difference between interesting and important ideas. We sift through the many possibilities and directions to focus on adjustments or changes that provide resilience and stability into the future. We consider the burden to future generations and the legacy of the work.
6. Revenue Generators - Our concluding section focuses on multiple, diversified revenue streams for the farm, the farmer, and the improvements to the holding(s). These must be in step with our guiding principles and consider all of the findings of our study.