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Regenerative Agriculture: Learning From The Land

As the Foundation launches our new grant program, Food for Climate Solutions, I had the privilege of attending an extraordinary event called the Learning Journey along with Georgette Wong, a member of TRFF’s Investment and Audit Committee. The Learning Journey was hosted by the #NoRegrets Initiative (NRI) founded by Sallie Calhoun. This immersive experience delved into the transformative potential of regenerative and relational agriculture. Held at the picturesque Paicines Ranch, this gathering not only showcased the resilience of regenerative farming in the face of climate change but also highlighted how as individuals we can extend its practice and impact. The event was designed exclusively for impact investors, philanthropists, and financial activists.

Learning from the Land

Embracing a hands-on approach, experts led demonstrations, group discussions, and nourishing meals provided by Chef Carlos Canada fostered an open exchange of knowledge and experiences. We explored a range of fascinating topics, including holistically managed rangeland, polyculture perennial-based vineyards, and soil health testing. These practical demonstrations vividly illustrated how regenerative farming practices can enhance biodiversity and ecosystem health, and ultimately, create a thriving food system. I was able to experience the movement of 3,000 sheep to a new pasture, the return of native grasses thought to have disappeared from the land after many years of traditional farming, and many species of birds thought to be gone from this region, have returned strong and beautiful thriving in this natural ecosystem in perfect symbioses.


Rethinking Philanthropy and Investing

What sets this experience apart is its holistic approach to learning. We didn’t just focus on the practical aspects of regenerative agriculture; we delved into how these principles can reshape our frameworks around philanthropy and investing. Thought-provoking discussions urged us to question the root causes of problems rather than merely treating their symptoms. Moreover, we explored the concept of integrated capital, which breaks down silos and redesigns the flow of money to support farmers, ranchers, and organizations that steward our lands. The Learning Journey presented a compelling case for adopting a “whole ecosystem function” approach to deploying capital, ultimately empowering practitioners on the land. We were also lucky to have nonprofit organizations and grantees of the NRI present to share how the integrated approach to supporting their work has been more impactful.


Open Minds and Open Hearts

Attendance at the Learning Journey attracts individuals who possess and manage financial resources and seek to integrate regenerative agriculture into their decision-making framework. The event welcomes those with an open mind and an open heart, ready to learn from the land and embrace the potential of regenerative practices. The intimate nature of the gathering fosters meaningful connections, allowing participants to engage deeply with experts and fellow attendees, sharing their unique perspectives and insights.

It proved to be an enlightening and transformative experience, opening my eyes to the immense potential of regenerative agriculture and its role in building a sustainable future. By combining hands-on demonstrations, thought-provoking discussions, and practical case studies, this event provided a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices driving the regenerative farming movement. Whether you are an impact investor, philanthropist, or financial activist, the Learning Journey offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the regenerative agriculture revolution and explore how you can make a meaningful impact.


This experience will leave you inspired, equipped with the knowledge and insights needed to create positive change within the realms of agriculture, philanthropy, and investing.

For additional information and to get involved with the No Regrets Initiative, visit