Ag & Health Investing

Rooted in Health Event

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Rooted in Health

Investing at the Intersection of Regenerative Agriculture & Nutrition

June 22-23 • Virtual Event

The way we do agriculture, the way we manage our soils, the way we process our food, and the way we get our food from farm to table all influence the levels of nutrients we find in our food. Conversely, there are also many things that influence our body’s ability to use what nutrients are available. Better understanding this complex relationship between agriculture, food, and health is of increasing importance as we face both environmental and health crises ranging from climate change to chronic illness and exorbitant costs due to a primarily reactive healthcare system.

Regenerative food systems – ones that value nutrient density from soil to stomach – are seen as a solution to these challenges and present enormous opportunities for further learning, development, and investment. RFSI’s Rooted in Health event dives in to the under-explored connection between regenerative agriculture and nutrition, the pathways to improving human health through agriculture that already exist, the work yet to be done, and the investment levers that may be pulled to advance human health and nutrition.

Addressing an issue as complex as this requires a systems-based, multi-stakeholder approach. This event is for investors and practitioners across the agriculture, food, and health spectrum and is designed to provide:

  • A foundation of understanding of the connections and complexities that exist between agriculture, food, and health
  • A roadmap for work to be done by various stakeholders involved
  • An exploration of the investment and funding opportunities that exist along the path from soil to stomach
  • A vision for what comes next and how you fit in



Agenda | Virtual Program

The inaugural virtual event was held June 22-23.

Day 1 focused on framing the problem, making the connection between agricultural practices and human nutrition, and defining the work to be done and who will do the work.

Day 2 dove deeper into the work to be done, the investment levers that are being pulled right now, and where opportunities exist to advance this space.

Day One
Tuesday, June 22
12:00 p.m. ET
12:15 p.m. ET
Digging in to Agriculture's Ties to Human Health Outcomes
Mandy Ellerton, Bionutrient Food Association, David LeZaks, Croatan Institute; Erin Meyer, Basil's Harvest
1:10 p.m. ET
Making the Case for Integrating Soil Health and Human Health
Sofia Elizondo, Brightseed
Jyoti Banerjee, North Star Transition
Derek Axten, Axten Farms
1:55 p.m. PT
Breakout Discussions
2:15 p.m. ET
Bringing Back Nutritional Wisdom
John Fagan, HRI Labs; Jeremy Goss, Link Market; Brigid Titgemeier
Moderated by: Cheryl Toner, American Heart Association
3:05 p.m. PT
Nutrient Density from Farm to Body... And What We Still Don't Know
Lee Chae, Brightseed; Dan Kittredge, Bionutrient Food Association; Greg Shewmaker, TeakOrigin
Moderated by: Tina Owens, Danone North America
4:00 p.m. PT
Program Close & Networking
Day Two
Wednesday, June 23
12:00 p.m. ET
Welcome / Day 1 Recap
12:15 p.m. ET
How Investments in Farmland Can Drive Nutritional Outcomes
Raya Carr, Mint Creek Farm; Dr. Stephen Rivard, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT; Jeff Tkach, Rodale Institute
1:05 p.m. ET
The Wyse Guys: Two Brothers' Journeys to Regenerative Agriculture Outcomes
Donald Wyse, Forever Green & Roger Wyse, Spruce Capital Partners
1:35 p.m. ET
Supporting Entrepreneurs in Building Nourishment Economies
Renske Lynde, 1st Course Capital & David Strelneck, Nourish^N
Moderated by: David LeZaks, Croatan Institute
2:15 p.m. ET
Breakout Discussion
2:35 p.m. ET
Challenges & Opportunities to Building Healthy Food Pipelines
Eric Jackson, Bionutrient Institute
3:00 p.m. ET
Policy's Role in Moving from Conversation to Results
Urvashi Rangan, Funders for Regenerative Ag; David Wallinga, Natural Resources Defense Council
Moderated by: Ray Boyle, Day One Project
3:45 p.m. ET
Mapping a Path Forward
4:00 p.m. ET
Program Close & Informal Networking
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We’re gathering a diverse group of practitioners and thought-leaders from across the agriculture, food, healthcare, and investment system for an informative and engaging agenda. Please stay-tuned as we announce speakers soon.


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Attending Companies

Connect with others in the space — The ability to chat with others in the audience AND informal networking after the program makes it easy to find new fruitful connections.

Current Data
Acres USA
American Heart Association
Argosy Foundation
Basil's Harvest
Bionutrient Food Association
Coast Range Seed
Croatan Institute
Cultivating Minds
Danone North America
Day One Project
Duke World Food Policy Center
Endovelicas Health Policy Consultants
Farm Girl Capital
Food and Agribusiness Network
FORA, Funders for Regenerative Agriculture
Forever Green
Forum for the Future
Future of Food
Grace Communications Foundation
Grantham Foundation
Greater Duval Neighborhood Association
Handsome Brook Farms
Homebrew Brands
Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT
Lacebark Investments
Lydia B Stokes Foundation
Mission Africa
Northside Capital Management
Northstar Transitions
Provenance Capital
Rancho Arco Iris
RCS Australia
Regenerative Agriculture Alliance
Rodale Institute
San Jose Farm
Sri Planning and Investments
Straight Arrow Bison
Teak Origin
The Builders Fund
The Giving Practice
The Nourishment Economies Coalition
Thread Fund
Topsoil Farming Pty Ltd
Trailhead Capital; Regeneration Fund 1
Tucker Farms
Uncommon Health Solutions
Vernal Ventures
Willmar Farms Ltd.
Yggdrasil Land Foundation



Cancellation Policy

What if I have to cancel?

Sorry, no refunds.

If you are unable to attend, your registration may be transferred to someone else with advance notice – please notify our team no later than June 16.

Sharing of registrations is not permissible.

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