Rizoma was founded in February 2018 with the mission of scaling up regenerative agriculture in Brazil by multiplying integrated farming systems on 1 million hectares of land in the country.
At the current stage of our operation, we have two farms that together add up to an area of more than 1,500 hectares of regenerative agriculture with integrated agroforestry and silvopasture intensive systems already in place. Both farms are strategically located in São Paulo, close to the main Brazilian agricultural research institutions, to ensure that our team can work together with these institutions in the improvement and development of agroecological techniques.
Over the next few years, our farms will manage multiple crops with surprising projections for both strong financial return and environmental impact reduction. Our goal is to transform the farms into true powers of regenerative agriculture production, inspiring the adoption of a new model of agriculture for Brazilian producers and contributing to a global transformation of large scale agricultural production.
Toca Farm is a 2,300 hectare farm located in Itirapina, 200 km from the capital of São Paulo. Toca farm is dedicated to the production of organic food, carrying in its DNA, like Rizoma, the purpose of connecting and co-creating initiatives that regenerate nature. Toca's agricultural land is leased by Rizoma: the agroforestry systems (SAFs) optimize land use and help diversify agricultural production with the integration of native species. The benefits of SAFs include carbon sequestration efficiency, conservation of biodiversity, recovery of degraded areas, improvement of soil quality and reduction or elimination of the use of pesticides, as well as the possibility of producing more nutritious foods.
Located in the city of Iaras, southwest of São Paulo, Takaoka Farm started its activities in 1995 and until today maintains its mission withen vironmental responsibility. In 2018, Rizoma leased 1,000 of its 4,000 hectares of land, in which the Intensive Silvopasture, Crop-livestock Integration and Rotated Pasture systems are implemented. Planting season at Rizoma One (Takaoka) began in September 2018 and the first harvest is due for March/April 2019, when the farm will also receive about 1,250 heads of cattle to integrate with the production of crops.