Social Responsibility

Social and Environmental Responsibility are key guiding ethics at Forest Agriculture Enterprises. At Forest Agriculture Enterprises, we believe that Social Responsibility means that all entities, organizations and individuals, have an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. 

Social responsibility is a duty everyone has in order to maintain a balance between the economy, our private lives, our communities and the ecosystems that support us all. At Forest Ag we partner with local communities, non- profits and educational organizations in order to foster learning and a more complete understanding of the natural world around us. We actively encourage direct participation in earth repair.  

Corporate Environmental Responsibility most commonly refers to a company's duties to abstain from damaging natural environments which is welcomed and applauded, but we feel that this does not go far enough. Instead of merely being a side-effect of being in business, the health and well-being of the natural world and people are the reasons WHY we are in business in the first place. We are here to usher in the new era of ecosystem repair. We can have BOTH ecological restoration AND agricultural production simultaneously and we believe that these are the basis of a truly sustainable economy and culture.  

Since our founding in 1997, we have maintained a policy of supporting organizations that align with our goals of ecosystem restoration and the creation of perennial food systems. A minimum of 10% of annual revenues of Forest Ag go to support such organizations.  

 

Growing For Good Collaboration

Growing for Good is a project of the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in Viroqua, WI. At Growing for Good, students from kindergarten through high school learn about growing food, making compost, and all aspects of greenhouse and garden center production systems as part of their everyday school curriculum. Beginning in 2018 Forest Ag has partnered with Growing For Good in order to supply them with woody plant material for retail sales, along with the opportunity for additional retail sales during the early spring season when their greenhouse and garden center business is just waking up for the season. 
When you order ANY Forest Ag plants and use the code G4G2019 at checkout or through the Growing For Good website, 10% of the proceeds goes to support their educational programming.    

 

Why teach children to garden? We think the Growing for Good website says it quite well: 

 

Our culture today is becoming more and more removed from nature. Our modern fast-paced lives make procuring and eating healthy food a challenge of enormous proportions, far from a natural experience. Eating is a basic human need. Growing food and caring for the earth is primal. It follows that the more we engage children with this practice, the more they have an opportunity to perceive the world of nature and their role in her care. Immersing ourselves in the rhythms of the seasons – something that happens naturally through caring for a garden – can rekindle a lost relationship and empower children to take responsibility for their own nourishment and food choices.” by Ronni Sands, Growing Sustainable Children: A Garden Teacher’s Guide, SteinerBooks, 2017

 

 

The Million Hazelnut Campaign

The Million Hazelnut Campaign is an initiative of the Main St Project in Northfield, MN. For more than a decade, Forest Ag has partnered with the Main Street Project to develop new agricultural systems in order to meet some of our most profound challenges: delivering healthy, wholesome food, reducing chemical- and antibiotic-intensive farming, reversing environmental damage, and building REAL rural prosperity. 

Their strategy is focused on changing current conventional production systems by deploying alternative, small-scale systems that are accessible to anyone, highly productive, and economically viable. Their integrated agriculture models and training programs will help equip the next generation of farmers to solve our nation’s food crisis. The Main Street Project is currently focused on designing and planting Agroforestry farms in order to demonstrate in the marketplace the viability, sustainability and scalability of poultry-centered, hazelnut based agroforestry systems. 

The Forest Agriculture Nursery is the primary supplier of hazelnut seedlings to the Million Hazelnut campaign and is committed to producing the quantities of high quality nursery stock needed to redesign agriculture. 

 To learn more or donate to this cause, click HERE