Massena Farms: Business Model and Practices

Massena Farms offers development services for new, commercial-scale organic farms that will supply near-by metropolitan retail markets. Beginning in the Omaha area, our services include financing, marketing, farm management and processing for meat, poultry and fresh vegetables for area grocery, restaurant and food service customers.  

Our development services focus consumer and investor attention on new farms and food processing operations that can compete with organic foods that are shipped into the Omaha area. Like the vast majority of our nation’s organic growers, the small producers in the Omaha area are scattered, poorly organized and under financed. They cannot compete in large retail venues with imported organic foods and food products without new money, marketing and management services. 

Earth Bound Farms and Organic Valley are examples of national and regional corporations that have the marketing power and economies of scale to dominate the retail space in metropolitan markets. This website offers a unique business model to those local growers, landowners and investors who want to compete on price, quality and availability with imported organic foods.

We are influenced by E.F. Shumacher, Wendell Berry, Woody Tasch and many others, including my late father, Bob Steffen.

 Bob Steffen, circa 1975

Dad was the farm manager for Father Flanagan at Boys Town for thirty years and a leader in developing large scale natural and organic farming methods for the Midwest. Our challenge now is to find the economies of scale that lie between Small is Beautiful and the realities of the established food system – all without ignoring the real needs of land, labor, capital and management.

Please contact me, Jim Steffen, at jim@massenafarms.com or 402-317-2639 to learn more about sustainable food systems.

Thank you.

Note: The pictures on this page are courtesy of the Boys Town Hall of History.

Updated 6/14/14