Craig Wichner


Farmland LP

Farmland LP: Investing In Sustainable Farmland (2016 Update)

Creating value by improving the land
Sunday, December 18, 2016, 2:24 PM

Over the past few years, we've tracked the success of Farmland LP, a family of funds created to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices.

Chris recently mentioned our renewed commitment here on the site to focus more on highlighting examples of better models for the future. So in that spirit, in this week's podcast, I check in with the founders of Farmland LP for an update on how the team has progressed on its mission in 2016. For the first time, we have Craig Wichner ("the numbers guy") joined by Jason Bradford ("the farming guy"), who provides much more detail than we've had in the past into the sustainable land-management practices Farmland LP employs to put the land to its best use. » Read more


Vital Farmland

A New Opportunity For Investing In Productive Farmland

Creating value by improving the land
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1:13 PM

Over the past few years, we've tracked the success of Farmland LP, a fund created to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices.

Today's big news is that, while the initial LP fund closed to new investors last year, the same management team has just launched a new fund, this time structured as a real estate investment trust (REIT). » Read more


Farmland LP

A Weekend On The Farm

An excellent investment of time (and money)
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 10:55 AM
If you've been a reader of for more than a few months, you've likely heard us talk about Farmland LP. It's a fund that purchases over-farmed, depleted conventional farmland (at a discounted price), and then spends years nursing the land back to organic status using sustainable farming methods.
As an investor, I have the opportunity to tour any of the fund's 5 farm properties, which are located in southern Oregon and central California. So that just what I did this past weekend when the Farmland team held its first annual investor gathering at its newest (and largest) property in Stockton, CA.

Farmland LP

Off the Cuff: An Opportunity to Own Productive Farmland (Revisited)

Without having to run a farm yourself
Friday, November 1, 2013, 8:34 PM

In this week's Off the Cuff podcast, Chris and Craig discuss sustainable farmland -- specifically, a model for how investors can own it.

Two years ago, we announced this model on our site: » Read more


Farmland LP

Craig Wichner: A New Model for Investing in Farmland

Profitability through sustainability
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 1:11 PM

At Peak Prosperity, we talk a lot about the need for new models of doing business that will comport well within the growing economic, energetic, and environmental constraints of our global system.

Today, Chris talks with an entrepreneur attempting to do just that: Craig Wichner, the Managing Partner of Farmland LP. Craig and his team have developed a model that is designed to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices. » Read more


Craig Wichner

Craig Wichner

Mr. Wichner directs the farmland investment program, including overseeing property acquisitions, leases and sales, and oversees the financial and legal affairs for the Partnership.

Mr. Wichner is a seasoned executive with 20 years building companies which have, among other things, developed and currently produce an FDA-approved treatment for metastatic brain cancer, and developed and sold automated employee contribution programs for Fortune 500 Companies such as GM, EDS, and Charles Schwab. Mr. Wichner has helped raise over $125 million in 14 funding transactions (including a $33 million IPO) and has led three M&A transactions. Mr. Wichner served as CEO/President/CFO for three successful companies, two of which were venture-funded, and has served on boards and advisory boards including two venture funds. Mr. Wichner helps manage a multi-million dollar real estate investment property company.

Mr. Wichner received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Economics from UCSD, earning Provost’s Honors and performing graduate-level research on HIV/AIDS as an undergraduate. Mr. Wichner’s agricultural experience includes spending 10 summers growing up on a ranch and farm.