Now that you’ve received your invite box and letter, the next step is to register for one of our interactive Zoom sessions. Feel free to reach out with any questions: [email protected]

The session will allow you to:

• Find out if the studio is a good fit for you and your current work
• Answer any questions you have
• Connect with some other invitees
• Learn next steps for how to officially sign up

A national movement to restore our soils is underway.

It carries profound intentions: to reverse global warming, to produce more nutrient dense food, and to sustain our soils for generations to come.

On its current trajectory, the movement may achieve its goals, yet miss the greater opportunity — nourishment and health for the planet, and for all communities.

Why?
We are not looking much further than the farm gate. We’re focusing on simple soil health practices that can be changed on-farm without addressing systemic shortcomings.

We are looking at singular problems + singular solutions (soil carbon + restoring it) and missing the potential of working on community health and the food system as a whole.

We’re following the path of the organic and non-gmo movement which operated within the confines of existing thought paradigms, business models, and economic systems.

We’re investing so much energy, and it’s not going to deliver the return we seek. Investing in soil carbon sequestration will not create a healthier world for our grandchildren, it will simply create healthier soils.

We are working on healthy soils and hoping for whole community health, let’s instead aim for what we are seeking. Working on whole community health, will result in healthy soils, healthy ecosystems, nutritious food, economic systems that support all of these, and more.

COP 26 convened world leaders once again this year and didn’t lead to the result we need in order to reverse global warming. What’s missing isn’t technology, strategy, or knowledge; it’s the will and energy to work on community scale plans that will challenge business as usual all over the world. In reNourish Studio we will develop our capabilities to work regeneratively so through our effort, local communities convene and build the will to work on whole community health.

We are after deep, systemic change. Historically, small collaborative groups of individuals have a strong track record of shifting culture.
• The Highlander Folk School, a cultural training center, that Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, John Lewis and many in the civil rights movement attended

• Wallace Stegner’s writing fellowship at Stanford that Wendall Berry, Edward Abbey, Ken Kesey, and other culturally influential writers participated in

• Y Combinator which incubated Reddit, Dropbox, DoorDash, Airbnb, and Stripe in the early days

reNourish Studio is a developmental community for food focused investors, farmers, food service, farmer support businesses, and packaged food companies to work together to shift the way we think about systems change, and the way we work as a result. Participants will be led through a process building upon decades of regenerative design work created by Regenesis and the Carol Sanford Institute. Together, we will work to develop ourselves and see new potential. We will identify how to take on new roles in our current work to enable place-based regeneration. Collaboratively, we’ll identify and test ways to move capital so it can bring about greater community health.

20-30 people will work together for three years to:
• Find new potential in our work to enable regeneration of our communitues (beyond on-farm soil health)

• Work on actionable plans in our current food related business, investments, or projects

• Evolve our business models to support the new potential we are working towards

• Redefine what sucess metrics we measure by based on our learnings, work together to move capital to enable place-based regeneration

• Reveal, challenge, and evolve the unexamined paradigms behind how we think that inform our actions

• Support and sharpen each other’s thinking, explore hard to answer questions together, and develop ourselves

Year One Outline

• Building a common understanding of regeneration.
• Examining the values and thinking behind how we currently work and deciding how to evolve our thinking.
• Understanding living systems and exploring thinking from a living systems paradigm.

Year Two Outline

Engaging stakeholders

Each of us will lead a process to engage stakeholders in the community we are involved in to work together on community regeneration.

With learnings from our businesses/projects and what we are learning through the studio process, we will work together to catalyze and orient existing financial processes to better enable place-based regeneration.

Year Three Outline

Engaging stakeholders

Continuing to work through a process to engage stakeholders in the community we are involved in to work together on community regeneration.

We will begin moving money through financial vehicles to support
what we have envisioned and learned

*At this point the studio may support the engagement of stakeholders in place-based regeneration in many regions or evolve into a new role in supporting the creation of financial vehicles and structures.

Time commitment:

2 Zoom calls/month
3 gatherings a year: April, August, December
Zoom:
Exercises and activities to work on evolving our thinking and then applying what we are learning to our business/project work

Gatherings:
Each time we gather we will be in a place for 2-3 days to do deep work on our projects/businesses, experience land connectedness, enjoy meals together, and have time for rest and reflection.

reNourish Studio Cost

reNourish Studio fees cover the cost of zooms, gathering in person quarterly, and the team’s time to create a developmental journey.

The cost of studio membership divided equally is $23,640 per member, per year.

We are offering studio membership fees on a sliding scale starting at $3,000 annually, so members can pay what they are willing and able and donations to Farmer’s Footprint will fill in the additional cost.

At the end of 2024 as a result of reNourish Studio
We will be able to share a different approach to working on regenerative agriculture through our experience and how our work has shifted during our time in the studio. Catalyzing more people to work with us and approach systems change in a different way. Our businesses and projects will be working beyond the health of the farm, to the health and nourishment of whole communities. We will be actively moving capital to support place-based regeneration.

Instead of simple, scaled solutions, we will hold complexity as core to regeneration and to the success of our work.

reNourish Studio will work as a group for three years, led by Lauren Tucker, as a project of Farmer’s Footprint, and in collaborative partnership with disruptive leaders in finance and agriculture working with Regenesis and The Carol Sanford Institute. Lauren will work alongside studio members as a participant bringing her current agricultural work in the Central valley of California into the studio.

Potential Studio Member Projects

• Food service provider to Google in the CA bay area
• Industrial scale carrot grower in the Central Valley of California
• Technical Service provider to growers in Colorado
• Investment Fund for Farm Transition focused in the Midwest
• Farm products sales, California and specialty crop focused
• New York focused farm investment fund
• Land development (homes + farm) project in Utah
• Technical Service provider to growers in Pennsylvania
• Chicago based agricultural investment fund
• Wheat grower in Montana
• Food brand with a regional sourcing focus
• Diversified small family farm in Georgia

Now that you’ve received your invite box and letter, the next step is to register for one of our interactive Zoom sessions. Feel free to reach out with any questions: [email protected]

The session will allow you to:

• Find out if the studio is a good fit for you and your current work
• Answer any questions you have
• Connect with some other invitees
• Learn next steps for how to officially sign up