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Regenerative Farms Inc

Catalyzing Planetary Regeneration

Ashfield, MA   |  www.regenerativefarms.org

Mission

We Regenerate Earth; Empower Women & Support Indigenous Farming Communities. We partner with grassroots organizations to build Regeneration Hubs. Hubs are used to accelerate ecological restoration at scale and uplift rural communities. Hubs incentivize tropical forest and biodiversity protection and provide training, innovations, tools, and resources to farmers. Hubs help farmers' incomes increase, and their costs decrease. Hubs connect farmers with what they need to shift to livelihoods that build food and nutrition security, improving health. Hubs help build climate-resilient local food systems, reduce risks, and help farmers meet other basic needs more sustainably. Hubs are a replicable scalable way to halt the key drivers of deforestation, biodiversity loss, and land degradation.

Notes from the nonprofit

RF seeks core support, planning grants, and programmatic funding at this time. RF was officially incorporated in 2021, however, our collaboration with field partners began informally over the past decade. Some field partner organizations have many years of expertise and larger staff and grant funding track records. Funders who prefer only to fund organizations located in a specific geographic area or small, locally-led, indigenous-led organizations can also connect directly to RF's field partner organizations to fund their work. RF field partner organizations also need direct core operating support, planning grants, and program funding. We welcome collaboration with groups of funders interested in investing in the restoration of an entire landscape, protecting a specific tropical forest or charismatic species, or working in support of a particular community. A list of our local partners by region can be found at https://www.regenerativefarms.org/where-we-work/

Ruling year info

2021

Founder/CEO

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Johnson

Main address

1230 West Rd

Ashfield, MA 01330 USA

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EIN

86-2475402

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Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Regenerative Agriculture

Against a backdrop of escalating environmental and social crises, we offer a program to share our hope-filled model, the Regeneration Hub, designed to accelerate the planet's regeneration and improve the lives of rural farmers and their communities. At the core of our model is our Regenerative Agriculture program. We help local grassroots farmer training organizations build their farmer training curriculum, methods, experts, and technology tools so they can teach more farmers, and assist them in the transition to climate-resilient regenerative agriculture. Our training program covers permaculture design, keyline design for water storage and capture/water cycle repair, holistic management, syntropic agroforestry, seed collection, and banking, seed saving, soil health repair, regenerative farming principles, planned grazing, nutrition security through tree crop selection and planting, watershed management, drip irrigation, and groundwater recharge among its systems.

Population(s) Served

We research the most highly nutritious tree crops capable of preventing common malnutrition diseases.
We teach the leaders of grassroots farmer training organizations how to use this research to improve programmatic results in food security and malnutrition prevention. We install demonstration food forest training farms and organize training events. Women gain skills, tools, and resources to grow their own climate-resilient regenerative food forests that improve family nutrition, income, and lower climate risks. We help train women in proper seed collection, tree nursery establishment, and management, and help them acquire a diverse collection of the highest quality, highest nutrition tree crops so they can propagate them and plant thousands of trees to restore degraded landscapes, improve habitat, restore watersheds and biodiversity, while halting key drivers of deforestation.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Indigenous peoples
People with diseases and illnesses
Pregnant people
Economically disadvantaged people
Nomadic people

We work with local partners to scale the adoption of ecological restoration and alternative livelihoods that restore degraded lands at scale. We help draw down carbon as a natural climate solution and halt drivers of deforestation with carefully designed tree-planting programs that address the underlying needs of the communities we work in partnership with. We teach regenerative agroforestry, native forest protection, and restoration of native ecosystems, with a focus on restoring high-value endangered native tropical tree species. We use methods developed by knowledgeable wildlife conservation organizations for creating wildlife corridors and adaptation zones. We work in ways that help mitigate wildlife and human conflicts and build large intact forest blocks. We train farmers in native seed collection, proper storage, and propagation so our tree planting programs have the highest survival rates, and greatest ecological benefit rather than the design for the lowest per-tree cost

Population(s) Served

We work with communities and organizations with partner with, on developing and delivering a human rights-based approach to building gender equity and mainstreaming gender considerations in all our ecological restoration and regenerative agriculture programs. We teach our Hub partners to start with gender equity assessments and begin to collect gender-disaggregated data about their impact. We then set targets for gender equity improvements, and build a training program to move forward on organizational and community-level goals over time. The Hub incentives are used to help build community momentum towards progress on goals and participation in training and program activities. Activities include increasing access to training for women and educational access for girls and women. It also focuses on improving income, profitability, access to tools and resources, and livelihood opportunities for women and youth related to regenerative agriculture and micro-processing enterprises.

Population(s) Served

We help local partners build specially designed Mini-Value Added Processing Enterprises & Infrastructure. A central feature of each Regeneration Hub we co-create is the mini-factory that offers our beneficiaries the opportunity to learn about, adapt and then adopt RF's value-added micro-factory technology along with long-term coaching and capacity-building technical expertise and support. This program ensures our partners can build and profitably manage a Regeneration Hub. The RF Regeneration Hub model is based on 40 years of work and the award-winning micro-food processing factory Dr. Willie Smits and his brother Theo Smits designed in Indonesia. RF has added some innovations to help with scale-ability and hasten the successful adoption of the model. Theo Smits provides 1:1 help to hasten the building of regional demonstration Hubs by our partners who adopt this tool in regions outside of Indonesia in ways that empower women and support indigenous communities and farmers.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Nomadic people
Economically disadvantaged people
Pregnant people
Indigenous peoples
Victims and oppressed people
Nomadic people
Economically disadvantaged people
Pregnant people
Indigenous peoples
Victims and oppressed people
Nomadic people
Economically disadvantaged people
Pregnant people
Indigenous peoples
Victims and oppressed people
Nomadic people
Economically disadvantaged people
Pregnant people
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

RF was created to address barriers to the rapid scaling of effective climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions. Our main goals are to halt key drivers of deforestation and land degradation worldwide by supporting locally-led organizations who are actively restoring degraded areas. We achieve our goals by helping build core capabilities of organizational leaders and social entrepreneurs who work directly with smallholder farmers on a daily basis to improve gender equity, end rural poverty, improve food/nutrition security, plant trees, protect biodiversity and forests, and transition farms to more profitable and climate resilient regenerative systems.

Regenerative Farms has defined three priority strategic goals for building its own organizational capacity from 2022-2024.

1. Strengthen Regenerative Farms' organizational capabilities and financial sustainability

2. Support 2 of RF’s Hub adoption partner organizations in building one new Hub each while fully documenting the benefits/impacts of the process for knowledge sharing with the 20+ other Hub adoption organizations under incubation in the RF Hub knowledge-sharing network.

3. Support the 20+ Regenerative Farms Hub adoption partner organizations to conduct pre-feasibility studies to determine if a Hub enterprise is viable, to explore how they might use a Hub to access new and better markets, and grow overall farm level and community level profitability and well-being by building a Regeneration Hub and value-adding enterprise.

1. Support the development of 2 new Regeneration Hubs by 2024 and support the capacity development of the two leaders running these Hubs which will be located in two of the World's most important biodiversity hot spots (Peruvian Amazon, W. Kalimantan Indonesia).
2. Grow and deepen RF's capacity-building program, tools, and leadership network.
3. Help secure funding so RF can work with Hub leaders to strengthen their management and technical capabilities.
4. Engage 20+ Hub partners in pre-feasibility studies and readiness activities, and help them build skills to find funding to build 20 new regional Regeneration Hubs by 2030.
5. Develop a transparent monitoring, reporting, and verification program to ensure Hubs deliver on goals to empower women farmers, protect forests and regenerate degraded lands.
6. Help Hubs build their connections with Hub value-added product buyers and Hub funders.
7. Build effective, scalable tools to offer Hub leaders efficient and effective technical training and sharing of leading innovations that will increase their ability to quickly and measurable restore degraded lands, train farmers, and protect high biodiversity forests, as well as monitor their social and environmental outcomes transparently.

The Regenerative Farms Advantage
Regenerative Farmsl is a global nonprofit project providing a model that combines multiple award-winning solutions demonstrated over a 40-year period to incentivize farmers to protect and restore degraded lands.

RF has interest from 20+ local project partners who want RF's help to adopt this model to help them speed up the scaling of regeneration in ways that uplift women and indigenous farmers. RF's partners are located in biodiversity hot spots around the world. RF's team is made of proven experts with broad expertise in regenerative & organic agriculture, economic development, developing tech innovations, and creating networks that weave together stakeholders who can help scale impact.

Regeneration Begins With Thoughtful Holistic Design Thinking
Regenerative Farms understands that regenerative solutions require a comprehensive, rather than single-focused, design thinking approach. The Hub model was designed, tested, and improved by field practitioners, who measured its ability to deliver real-world benefits. We use a leader-to-leader approach to sharing the model.
Hubs work with local community leaders who understand local needs, culture, and ecosystem realities. Collaboration is the foundation upon which RF's Hub model leads to long-term regeneration that can scale. Regenerative Farms works across the entire value chain to advance regeneration —building diverse collaborations through initiatives that weave together actions that rebuild economic, social, and environmental health. Regenerative Farms initiatives add value for local beneficiaries, funders, consumers, and corporate partners.

Global Experience Brings Success
Regenerative Farms partners with proven local-level leaders whose organizations have made an indelible mark leading local regeneration efforts. Our portfolio of programs and services has grown to include Hubs on five continents. We deliver capacity-building support to help local leaders on various issues, from enterprise development and carbon sequestration to gender violence prevention. Attention to evolving and emerging issues and institutional agility enables Regenerative Farms to respond quickly. Regenerative Farms has a proven core team of professional staff, volunteers, and consultants with in-depth experience supporting multiple non-profit projects with sites worldwide and millions in annual combined revenues. They handle all of our financials, HR, and IRS reporting requirements.

Catalyzing Regenerative Livelihoods Worldwide
Regenerative Farms recognizes the importance of working closely with partners, collaborating with local communities and organizations, and cooperating with government agencies at all levels — making it possible to navigate even the most difficult situations successfully. We promote local collaboration, research, and information exchange using the latest innovations, data tools, and regenerative farming technologies.

Incorporated in 2021, we spent our first year building our organization, developing our strategic plan, documenting our financial plan and building tools and case studies for sharing the Regeneration Hub model, as well as testing strategies and tools for building leadership capabilities. We worked very closely with 8 local organization leaders supporting their work and building their Hub adoption skillsets.

We established RF’s organizational structure, built our team, onboarded 4 new volunteer Directors to our Board, and strengthened our local Hub adoption partnerships. As a result, awareness of RF grew. We gained interest from ten new aspiring Hub adoption partners, three of which serve substantially larger numbers of farmers, including many communities who faced a rising threat of famine in 2022. Through these new Hub partners, RF is poised to reach upwards of 70,000 more needy farm families over the next three years. Just three of these new partners are poised to plant more than 1M nourishing food trees in 2024 if we succeed in assisting them in securing the necessary funding.

We supported our partners in Ghana to attend a week-long gender empowerment/community human rights-based training in Senegal. We supported two Hub leaders through a year-long leadership mentoring program. We connected 10 Hub partners with funding opportunities and networking for learning and Hub model knowledge sharing. We connected our Hub partners in DRC and Ghana with thousands of donated vegetable seeds to fight famine and connected them with seed banking training. We helped our Hub partner in Honduras access fruit tree seeds to disseminate tree seedlings to farmers to increase food security in the Bay Islands, who suffered dramatic economic losses due to the loss of tourism from Covid-19.

The rapid growth in interest in our capacity-building support in 2022 helped us see that we need to invest in building a robust and agile funding plan, as well as build a highly scalable capacity-building approach to better meet the growing demand and need for Hub adoption. Our strategic plan outlines what comes next for Regenerative Farms. We seek mission-aligned funders and volunteers to help us meet the growing demand for our services and increase the positive impact that our global network of Regeneration Hubs can achieve in the coming decade.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, To use data to measure success towards our key milestones and goals and test our assumptions

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, Our partners work in very remote sites with poor communication and technology connections or infrast

Financials

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Regenerative Farms Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christophe Josphe

Carbon A-List

Term: 2022 - 2024

Alejandro Levins

JJBP Investments, LLC

Ruth Bender

Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula and Marin Counties

Ann Blake

E.D. Jenifer Altman Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/29/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/29/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.