Sustainability is what we practice every day to keep land healthy and productive. AcreTrader trusts our farmers as partners to make wise decisions for their farms, and we’re here to support them in sustaining their businesses, the quality of their land, and the food we depend on.
We enroll our acres with Leading Harvest , a nonprofit that ensures land is being managed sustainably through science-based, 3rd-party audited standards. Our membership in Leading Harvest helps keep our sustainability efforts measurable and our properties compliant with their standards, moving us toward more sustainable outcomes for farmers, investors, and the land.
We assist farmers and their families in expanding their operations. We work closely with operators throughout the investment process, not just as tenants, but as collaborators and often as equity partners, helping them grow the value of their business as well as their acreage.
We support farmers in expanding USDA certified organic acres under operation and in transitioning acres to organic production for the first time. AcreTrader has raised tens of millions in capital for organic farming operations.
One of AcreTrader’s early farm investments, a corn and soybean farm in Kankakee County, Illinois, produces clean energy with an on-site wind turbine. Installed in 2015, the turbine produces 1.7 megawatts of electricity per hour with essentially zero carbon emissions. Wind turbines are a great way for farms to maximize their space, as they require less than two acres, but offer huge returns, paying for themselves in terms of energy use within months of installation and generating significant energy payments for the landowner. The turbine on this property is part of the Pilot Hill Wind Project, operated by EDF Renewables in partnership with Microsoft, and connects directly to the energy grid that powers Microsoft data centers in Chicago.