One of the questions we hear most often from landowners interested in renting their farms to Tillable through our Hassle-Free Lease is, “How do I know you’re taking care of my land?” Landowners are rightfully concerned about what’s happening on their land, and they often tell us that knowing the land is being cared for properly is one of their biggest priorities.
It’s a great question, and one we enjoy answering—because ensuring farmland is protected and healthy is one of the big reasons we do what we do. Landowners don’t want anyone “mining the soil”—and neither do we. We value and seek to attract great farmers who take sustainable practices seriously, and we know how important those farmers are to a landowner’s peace of mind.
Sustainability is a loaded word—it can mean a lot of different things to different people. This definition from the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute does a nice job of summing up the main points: “The goal of sustainable agriculture is to meet society’s food and textile needs in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Practitioners of sustainable agriculture seek to integrate three main objectives into their work: a healthy environment, economic profitability, and social and economic equity.” (Learn more in the full article.)
At Tillable, we have a very straightforward approach to sustainability. We believe farmland should be cared for in a way that maximizes profit for farmers and landowners while also ensuring the land is as healthy and productive as possible. And so, our promise to landowners who rent their land through Tillable is simple: from start to finish, we will make sure your land is in as good or better condition than the way we found it.
Tillable’s Sustainability Practices
Our guidelines for operating on land leased through Tillable encompass five important areas:
1. Soil Productivity and Health
Our goal is to maintain or improve soil health so that crop yields and soil productivity are as good as they can be. We have quantifiable standards for tillage practices, nutrient management, erosion, compaction and other field operations that impact the land.
2. Water Resources
We focus on water use specifically as it relates to drainage, with the objective of protecting and managing water resources for optimal use.
3. Agricultural Chemicals
Chemicals must be used in a way that satisfies landowner and farmer needs while also protecting people and the environment. We emphasize accountability and require reporting to verify responsible chemical use.
4. Waste Management
Our practices and guidelines are focused on minimizing and managing agricultural and non-agricultural waste.
5. Legal and Regulatory
Compliance with all applicable federal, state and local agricultural requirements, as well as any related social and environmental laws and regulations, is required on farms leased through Tillable.
Please contact us if you’d like to review a full copy of our Land Operations Standards. We’re happy to share what we’re doing to ensure the farms under our care are thriving. Because when farms thrive, the people who own and care for the land thrive, too.