Hedge Row Farm
A large scale farm made for small scale farmers and foodies.
How would you like to visit a farm and see a range of farming enterprises producing everything from fish to herbs, geese to turkeys, honey to mead, wine to potatoes, iron work to timber? All available at the farm shop. How would you like to spend a night on such a farm? Take a tour? Attend a workshop?
Even better. how much easier do you think it will be to find and attract customers to your fledgling farming or rural business putting your products along side all these other wares, attractions and produce?
Better again how would you like to invest and support such a farm. Just like in commercial real estate the income comes from the leases payed by tenants secured by long term commercial leases. Meanwhile the capital is secured by the land. You can get a regular income, capital secured by the land while supporting a range of socially and environmentally friendly and sustainable enterprises.
Getting any business started is a challenge but farming can be particularly hard. In addition to the capital required to start a new rural enterprise extra capital is needed for land. Where most business can rent or lease a place of business this option really isn’t practical or even available for most farming enterprises. In particular, forms of farming that require a long term commitment to a patch of ground like organic farming or regenerative farming are impossible on standard short term agricultural leases that can be cancelled at any time without notice by the land lord.
When questioning aspiring farmers about why they haven’t already started farming the most common answer is:
“we can’t get access to land”
Stuart Chignell of Fish Farmers searched for a landlord from whom he could lease land for a commercial greenhouse operation without success. However, during the search he found a bunch of people that were also looking for land to lease. One day he said to them:
“Since none of us has been able to find a landlord why don’t we make one?”
Bring aspiring farmers and investors together to finance the purchase of a large scale farm. Farmers get secure and more affordable access to land. Investors get a return at least double what they could get from a term deposit with their capital secured by the land.
How do we do it…
- Form a company into which investors invest by buying shares.
- Farmers sign expression of interest detailing their land requirements.
- We find land a suitable farm.
- Farmers sign leases that are conditional on the purchase of the land.
- Land is purchased and leases formally begin on settlement.
- Farmers get access to land while investors get a regular income from their capital.