30 Esther Park, CEO of Cienega capital on impact investing in regen ag and food
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The CEO of Cienega Capital, Esther Park on investing in Regenerative Agriculture.


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This time I had the great pleasure to interview Esther Park, the CEO of Cienega, the investment company of Sallie Calhoun who I interviewed last year (where we discussed among other things, the new vineyard they are building, where most of the management is done by sheep)

Advice for impact investors wanting to get started in the space:

Start with some education, Great place to start: the Soil Health Primer 
Do something, just do 1 thing, make 1 grant, or loan or investment 

To find your first investment you need to build a local community, to get to know the people in your community who are interested in ecological farming. Maybe start at your farmers market, who is producing what, who is building soil?

Esther would like to focus this year more on getting Farmers off color into the conversation as over 90% of farmers are white. And we need more people not fewer people on the land!

Cienaga has about:

  • 20M dollars outstanding in the NoRegrets initiative
  • 28 investment outstanding
  • of which 2 are not performing


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The above references an opinion and is for information and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice.

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