The Business of Local Foods

We are organizing farmer-controlled production and marketing partnerships that will supply Omaha and Kansas City area markets with natural and organic meat, poultry and fresh produce.

Partnerships for Local Markets

Financed by private risk capital, our partnerships will maximize farm profits by helping individual growers, associations and cooperatives develop and market their own food brands. Along with investor-financed marketing, we can arrange investor-funded improvements in production and processing that will help sustainable growers enter retail markets in an orderly fashion.

New production and processing capacity will be tied to long-term leases that benefit landowners, investors and lenders through profit sharing arrangements with the partners. Our performance-based leases will be linked to local environmental and economic development goals. Unlike year-to-year rental agreements, custom leases can be designed to support capital improvement loans that will reduce the need for land sales and third-party land trusts. Slow Money Principles will guide all business planning and operations. 


With more than 50 years in organic agriculture and a long family history in diversified farming, we understand that our long-term food security depends on locally owned farms and food businesses that pay living wages and take good care of our soils, water, wildlife and farm animals. We own farms near Bennington, Nebraska and Massena, Iowa. 

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, or 402-317-2639 to learn more about financing sustainable food systems.

Thank you.

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

Updated 08-27-2015