November 27, 2018
The business of the future is a good cooperator, working with other players in a particular space to drive progress. Collaboration is a core part of the ethos at Propagate Ventures as their team looks to leverage agroforestry to contribute to the growing pool of climate solutions and help build a world where people live in a symbiotic relationship with the ecosystem.
Propagate Ventures is an organization that develops and manages agroforestry investments. They work with farmers to design and install tree-crop systems that work in tandem with existing farm operations to stabilize soil health, sequester carbon, and generate economic returns. Co-founders Ethan Steinberg, Harry Greene, and Jeremy Kaufman are on a mission to provide regenerative solutions and make agroforestry the foundation of agriculture. To date, the firm has 150 acres under management and 3,400 acres under advisement.
Today, Harry, Ethan, and Jeremy join Ross and Christophe to discuss Propagate Venture’s progress since their last appearance on the podcast and their growing focus on place-based solutions. They share the Propagate business model, including their two main income streams and their systems approach to cumulative value. The Propagate team also offers insight around the yield of timber versus shrubs, the nuances of organic certification, and their key role in data management for Nori. Listen in to understand why agroforestry is the most cost-effective way to draw down carbon immediately, how Propagate’s practices may filter into mainstream agriculture, and how the spiritual aspect of their work complements the cooperative future of business.
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[2:12] Propagate’s progress in the last year
[4:50] The concept of ecological succession
[7:09] Why Propagate is based in the Hudson Valley
[8:18] The Propagate Ventures business model
[12:17] The pros and cons of timbre vs. shrubs
[16:26] Propagate’s two main income streams
[20:56] The systems approach to cumulative value
[23:33] How to assure what you’re eating is healthy
[28:52] The concept of container farming
[30:24] The cost accounting of direct carbon capture
[31:31] The cultural component of organic farming
[34:27] Propagate’s key role in data management for Nori
[36:25] How Propagate filters into mainstream agriculture
[39:30] The spiritual aspect of Propagate’s work
[46:32] The cooperative future of business
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