Jason Bradford’s journey to Farmland LP wound through college classrooms, South American forests, and California farm fields. A PhD in biology, Jason spent several years researching and teaching ecology at the university level. It was then that he became serious about sustainability and reversing the impacts of overconsumption and a global economy. Inspired to take action, he left academia and started a non-profit that championed local economies and an organic farm and CSA. At that time he experienced first-hand the enormous barriers to entry for farmers and the challenges individual farms face in attempting to scale a more diversified farming system. He and co-founder Craig Wichner formed Farmland LP to buy land and test the theory that, with the right management, sustainable agriculture can happen at scale. Jason oversees the management of its 6750 acres in Oregon and California. Jason received his Ph.D. in Evolution and Population Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Davis. He is a board member of the Post Carbon Institute and an Economic Development Commissioner for the City of Corvallis. This program was sponsored by Heritage Foods USA.
It’s a lot of work to get to know a farmer –what their interest are, their capacity.” [22:00]
–Jason Bradford on Greenhorns Radio