Jeff and Scott formed Sprout Agriculture with a strong focus on honesty, transparency and community development. Jeff has been able to use his agricultural expertise, gleaned from growing up on a farm on the West Coast of the United States, to teach local farmers about the best possible techniques for sustainable, organic farming. Scott has brought valuable business savvy to their partnership. They rent farmland in the Beautiful River region and live in the area in order to collaborate with neighbors on a variety of projects and to build lasting relationships.
In order to demonstrate their motivation and methods, Jeff and Scott invested in building a model farm in the Beautiful River region. The combination of high altitude, mild weather with low pollution, thriving tourism industry and a developed agricultural market make Beautiful River an ideal location for the two and a half acre model farm. Here Sprout has developed a permaculture orchard with several varieties of sweet cherries, apples, raspberries and blackberries. Sprout partners with farmers from the local community who are learning environmentally friendly planting methods. Sprout is also raising several colonies of bees which are producing high-quality, delicious wild honey. Jeff and Scott are confident that as local farmers and other visitors see their methods and taste their produce, they will be convinced to model some of what Sprout is doing in their own contexts. Over the coming years, Sprout intends to help local farmers set up their own sustainable agriculture.
In addition to Sprout’s model farm in Beautiful River, Jeff and Scott have a vision is to expand into new regions of even greater poverty and need for training in sustainable agriculture practices. To that end, Sprout began renting a two acre plot as an expansion farm about five hours from Beautiful River near Lovely Lake. The people in that region are mostly sustenance farmers with little extra produce to sell. However, they are talented and hardworking people who are in close proximity to a rapidly-developing tourist area.