Bonnefield believes Canadian farmland should remain farmland for farming indefinitely and that it should be monitored, maintained and operated in a sustainable and ecologically responsible manner, which in turn, protects and enhances long-term returns for investors. We consider ourselves to be active owners, not that we dictate to farmers how to farm, but as part of the partnership they agree to adhere to sustainable farming best practices known as the Bonnefield Standards of Care.
These guidelines promote sound farming practices to protect the integrity of the land. As well, we look for opportunities for additional capital investment that could improve long-term sustainability and agricultural yields. Protecting farmland for farming is core to our responsible investing approach. This approach is comprised of investing practices that are rooted in a set of core operating principles that put Canadian farmers and farmland first.
As a part of our commitment to preserving farmland for farming we have partnered with a number of organizations that support the farming community.
Food and Water First, a citizen coalition dedicated to protecting Ontario’s Class 1 farmland and source water region.
Canadian Young Farmers Federation connects leading young agriculture producers across Canada, to provide support, encouragement and resources to promote agriculture.
Canadian Association of Farm Advisors, a non-profit professional organization dedicated to assisting farm businesses by increasing the skills and knowledge of farm advisors.