2022 RFSI Forum

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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum
October 12-13, 2022
Denver, CO
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Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum
October 12-13, 2022
Denver, CO

Thank you for making the 2022 RFSI Forum a success!

The marquee event for investing in Regenerative Food and Agriculture!
The RFSI Forum catalyzes conversation, advances education, and drives increased investment in regenerative agriculture and food.


The Regenerative Food Systems Investment (RFSI) Forum is the ONLY event that exclusively brings together investors, capital activators, and critical stakeholders working to build resilient food systems. Listen and learn from the leaders in investing and regeneration. Meet existing and new connections to advance your goals in this space.

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Agenda: October 12-13, 2022

Day One
Day 1: Wednesday, October 12
9:00 a.m. MT
9:10 a.m. MT
Regenerative Agriculture: The Most Compelling Investment Opportunity Ever
Darren Baccus, Biome Capital Partners & Tripp Wall, Trailhead Capital
10:05 a.m. MT
PANEL: Investment Strategies for Regenerative Farmland
Moderated by: Elizabeth Candelario, Mad Agriculture
Panelists: Justin Bruch, Clear Frontier; Bert Glover, Impact Ag Partners; Paul McMahon, SLM Partners; Matthew Brown, International Farming Corporation
COFFEE BREAK | 11:00 a.m. MT
11:45 a.m. MT
Fixing Debt Financing & Creating A Regenerative Ag Capital Market
Dan Miller, Steward
12:15 p.m. MT
Case Study: Evolution of a Small Farm Investment Deal
Esther Park, Cienega Capital & Cody Hopkins, Grass Roots Farmers’ Co-Op
12:40 p.m. MT
The Role of Philanthropic Capital
Sarah Kelley, SAFSF & Mark Watson, Potlikker Capital
LUNCH | 1:10 p.m. MT
2:10 p.m. MT
Case Study: Investing in Agroforestry At Scale
Jeremy Kaufman, Propagate & Charlie Antrim, Agroforestry Partners
2:40 p.m. MT
Breakout Discussions
– Where Capital is a Dirty Word – Farmer Perspectives
– Linking Health Outcomes to Regen Ag
– Systems Building Through Integrative Capital
4:25 p.m. MT
Case Study: Closing the Funding Gap
Adrian Rodrigues, Provenance Capital & Doug Willmore, World Tree
4:55 p.m. MT
Pitch Sessions
Moderated by: Mitch Rubin, Elemental Accelerator
Pitch 1: Jason Aramburu, Climate Robotics
Pitch 2: Chris Tolles, Yard Stick PBC
5:15 p.m. MT
Fireside Chat: Where Policy Plays A Role
Zach Ducheneaux, USDA Farm Service Agency & Jennifer O’Connor, Funders for Regenerative Agriculture (FORA)
6:00 p.m. MT
Closing Remarks
EVENING RECEPTION | 6:00-7:30 p.m. MT

Including the Fundraising Happy Hour

Meet directly with 14 operators and funds raising capital to advance regenerative agriculture and food.

Day One
Day 2: Thursday, October 13
9:00 a.m. MT
9:10 a.m. MT
How Can Regen Get More of The Impact Investing Pie?
Michael Whelchel, Big Path Capital
9:35 a.m. MT
PANEL: Bringing Institutional Capital to Regenerative
Moderated by: Gabriela Leslie, CREO
Panelists: Anouk Schoors, The Nest; Devon Klatell, The Rockefeller Foundation; Jon Hendrickson, Aether Investment Partners, LLC
10:30 p.m. MT
The Need to Measure Impact
Shannon Boselli, Proof
COFFEE BREAK | 10:45 a.m. MT
11:30 a.m. MT
How We Build the Regenerative Future of Food: A Collaborative Call To Arms
Asha Agrawal, Tin Shed Ventures & Paul Lightfoot, Patagonia Provisions
11:45 a.m. MT
Overcoming Roadblocks to Achieving Regenerative Ag Systems at Scale
Jessie Deelo, Vayda
12:00 p.m. MT
PANEL: Ensuring Corporate Commitments to Regenerative Ag
Moderated by: Robyn O’Brien, rePlant Capital
Panelists: Margot Conover, General Mills; Jessica Newman, McCain Foods; Gina Asoudegan, Applegate
12:55 p.m. MT
Pitch Sessions
Moderated by: Sara Clow, Applied Ecological Institute
Pitch 1: Tom McDougall, 4P Foods
Pitch 2: Steve Apfelbaum, Applied Ecological Institute & Ecosystem
LUNCH | 1:15 p.m. MT
2:20 p.m. MT
Innovation for Regeneration
Moderated by: Koen van Seijen, Toniic
Panelists: Ashlie Burkart MD, Germin8 Ventures; Connie Bowen, Farmhand Ventures; Paul Greive, Pasturebird
3:15 p.m. MT
Breakout Discussions
– Reimagining Capital
– Building Equity into Regen Ag Investing
– The Landscape of Regen CPG & Certification
4:15 p.m. MT
Carbon Markets Update: The Economics & The Science
Laura Klein, Perennial & Megan Machmuller, Colorado State University
4:45 p.m. MT
Key Take-Aways
Donna Holmes, Iroquois Valley; Mark Lewis, Trailhead Capital; David Leon, Biome Capital Partners; Esther Park, Cienega Capital
5:15 p.m. MT
Closing Remarks
CLOSING DRINKS | 5:15-6:30 p.m. MT
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Regen Food Systems & Farm Tour

Day One
Tuesday, October 11
12:30 p.m. MT
Check-in for tour at conference hotel
1:00 p.m. MT
Depart from conference hotel
2:00 p.m. MT
Arrive at Boulder Valley School District Central Kitchen
Tour guide: Mara Fleishman, Chef Ann Foundation
3:30 p.m. MT
Arrive at McCauley Family Farm
Tour guide: Marcus McCauley
4:30 p.m. MT
Regenerative Happy Hour
Featuring chef prepared local regenerative and organic foods
6:30 p.m. MT
Arrive back at conference hotel

Thank you to our Tour Sponsor

<Hidden Block>

The Regen Food Systems & Farm Tour is an optional add-on experience taking place on October 11, the day before the Forum begins. Tour attendees will enjoy an inside look at McCauley Family Farms, an exciting regenerative farm near Boulder where you will find local seeds, perennial crops, fruit trees, pastured chickens, sustainable honey, sheep, pigs, and much more. The tour will also visit the Boulder Valley School District Central Kitchen, where attendees will learn and see the critical role schools and other institutions can play in reducing food waste, sourcing local food, and boosting child nutrition.

Following the tour, attendees will enjoy a unique on-farm networking experience, complete with only the finest chef-prepared farm-to-table food.

Join us on Tuesday, October 11 as we explore the regenerative food system nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains near Boulder. Spots are limited for the tour, so register soon to reserve your spot!

Learn more about our stops!

McCauley Family Farms

Established in 2012, McCauley Family Farms is a regenerative whole-farm ecosystem that nourishes people and planet. Along with the high mountain snowmelt that irrigates the fields through historic canal, the people that contribute to the farm—staff, volunteers, interns, friends, family, neighbors, and customers—are its lifeblood. The farm is founded on the belief that people and planet can be healed with delicious food. As a unique and vibrant node in the expanding local food system web, McCauley Family Farms is connecting the dots between consumers and crops, produce and people, seeds and souls.

On the farm you will find fermentation, local seeds, perennial crops and herbs, fruit trees, pastured chickens, sustainable honey, sheep, pigs, alpaca, a llama, and most days. Marcus will share his journey as an organic and regenerative producer, how he built his operation, the headwinds he faced along the way and next steps on the journey.




This is THE gathering for learning how and where to invest capital into agriculture and food for financial and impact returns. Whether you have been engaged in the regenerative space for decades or just a little curious, this event offers unparalleled insight and networking opportunities.

Who should attend?

  • Investors, fund managers, foundations
  • Financial advisors and other investment services
  • Entrepreneurs and producers
  • Food companies, agricultural and food service providers
  • Advocates for healthy food systems



The 2022 RFSI Forum will be held in the heart of Denver at The Cable Center. The Cable Center is a high-tech, high-impact, contemporary building situated on the campus of Denver University. The Cable Center was created to be hub for advancing innovation & entrepreneurship to drive the connectivity industry.

2000 Buchtel Blvd South | Denver, CO 80210

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The RFSI Forum room block at Clayton Members Club & Hotel, 233 Clayton St, Denver, CO 80206 is FULL. However, there are still rooms available at the hotel if you’d like to stay at this location. This high-end hotel is conveniently located 3 miles from The Cable Center and within walking distance to a large selection of restaurants and bars in the Cherry Creek District. The hotel also has a Mediterranean restaurant, cocktail lounge and gym!

Other Hotel Options:
Hotel Clio, 150 Clayton Ln, Denver, CO 80206
Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek, 1475 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222


Thank you to Our Sponsors


Trailhead Capital

Trailhead Capital is a mission-driven investment firm seeking to create outstanding financial, societal, and ecological returns by backing entrepreneurs who are building the regenerative future of food and agriculture.

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Biome Capital Partners

Biome Capital Partners is a builder of profitable, regenerative agriculture ecosystems. To create value, they invest in land, in growers, and in the cracks in the road from soil to plate.

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Big Path Capital

With one of the largest networks of impact investors, Big Path Capital works with leading positive impact companies and funds assisting in raising capital and executing mergers and acquisitions, including for many sustainable agriculture and agtech companies and funds.

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Propagate offers design & agronomic software as well as project development and financing services. Their platform, Overyield, makes it easy for farms to implement regenerative practices by providing access to agronomic insights, technical assistance, and financing so that farms can reduce risk while integrating fruit, nut and timber trees with animal or crop farming systems.

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Perennial is the leading measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) platform for soil-based carbon removal. The platform supports project developers and the food supply chain in monitoring soil carbon and net emissions, while reducing or eliminating the need for soil sampling and practice data.

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Provenance Capital Group

PCG is a financial services firm, based in San Francisco, that focuses on raising capital for regenerative and circular enterprises and funds. We challenge the assumption that the capital markets should be driven by short term financial thinking. Instead, we collaborate with companies and investors to transition to an economy that includes people, planet, and profit.

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Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT, PBC

We work with mission-driven investors to provide organic and regenerative farmers with land security and working capital through long-term leases, mortgages, and lines of credit. Our REIT is incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation & B Corp.

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Impact Ag Partners

Impact Ag Partners is an agricultural real asset management company who identifies value opportunities in real asset markets and delivers annual cash yields from the operations. We partner with investors through separate managed accounts to make direct investments in agricultural assets.

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SLM Partners

SLM Partners is an investment manager that uses investment capital to scale up regenerative agriculture and forestry. We invest in land and real assets alongside expert local operators. Founded in 2009, we are active in the USA, Europe and Australia.

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Applied Ecological Institute

A nonprofit startup studio delivering global scale, nature based solutions for a climate positive future.

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EcoEXchange Ventures

Focused capital, working with nature, producing significant returns.

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Vayda is a farming company advancing regenerative agriculture through outcomes-based management and services. Through our Regenerative Management System, and Impact Marketing, we partner with stakeholders across the supply chain to make the transition possible and profitable.

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Proof (formerly Proof of Impact) is an ESG + Impact data intelligence platform with end-to-end tools helping investment firms optimize for purpose and profit. Proof offers full ESG+I lifecycle support from initial strategy and measurement through to analysis and reporting.

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#NoRegrets Initiative

The #NoRegrets Initiative is an integrated relationship-centered approach to land and asset management that uses a variety of capital – ecological, financial and social – to grow healthy soil and healthy communities while affecting change in our agricultural food system.

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Wolf Tree Ventures

Wolf Tree Ventures is a venture studio that incubates businesses supporting regenerative transition. As we’ve explored opportunities, we were surprised to find there wasn’t an insights & strategy firm focused on regen. So that’s our first portco 🙂

Food and Beverage Donors

Alec's Ice Cream
Singing Pastures
Lil Bucks
Mariah Vineyards
Philosopher Foods
Patagonia Provisions
Amaz Yerbe Mate
Wild Orchard Regenerative Teas
Sol Simple
New Barn Organics
99 Counties
White Leaf Provisions
Alexandre Family Farm
Simple Mills
Hickory Nut Gap
Big Picture Foods
Tomato Bliss