Our Vision

Communities are resilient because they have real farms growing food and a self-sufficient local culture.

Resilient communities: Communities can fend for themselves. They solve their own problems versus relying on governments and organizations. Community members are healthy, empowered, and interdependent. They are less susceptible to outside forces and events and can adapt to new challenges and environments.

Real farms growing food: These communities use farmland to grow their own healthy food. Their connection with farms also brings them back into a circular economy – this moves them away from our current system of consumption and waste, which is not controlled by the community.

Self-sufficient local culture: The resources these communities consume and the types of relationships they have are inherently net positive – not exploiting some other environment or people inside a factory on the other side of the planet. It’s a more human culture. Instead of degrading our environment, these communities get their food from local gardens, buy local products, and don’t have to drive as often.

Our Mission

Cavaleiro Farm provides training for landowners and farmers to build self-sufficient farms in the quickest and most reliable way possible.

Training: Our training takes the form of one-on-one customized coaching sessions and group training. What sets us apart? Our solution is holistic and customized to our client’s needs. Our steps are simple and focused. And we empower our clients with what they need to carry on the work after we’re gone.

Build self-sufficient farms: These are farms that are productive and sustainable. It’s all too common to see new farmers give up on their farms after a few years due to burnout, lack of money, and/or not enough farming knowledge and support. We help landowners and farmers develop farms that stand the test of time, enabling them to hold onto their precious assets and improve their farmland year over year.

Quickest and most reliable way: Our training is low-risk, gets quick results, and reduces waste by giving our client a simple, proven process that focuses on the right things. To be quick and reliable, we always start with the client’s community in mind, involve interactive systems with animals and plants in our planning, and work with nature.

Our Values

We stand for: working with nature, popular education, community, systems thinking, entrepreneurship, food sovereignty, having a diverse team, and hope + imagination.

Working with nature: We work with nature and practice sustainable land management by minimizing farm inputs, using a wider range of species in polycultures, and considering: “What would nature do?” when we farm.

Popular education: We use this loving, inclusive form of education that encourages everyone to actively participate as both teachers and learners in building better local food systems. When people support each other in learning in this way, we get groups of people who can solve their own problems and become self-sufficient.

Community: Humans have a big role to play in our other communities, including communities of animals, insects, and plants. By realizing that we’re one part of a bigger picture, we work to develop a community that’s united not only under a common purpose, but also through close, meaningful relationships built over time. The end result is connection and collaboration instead of exploitation.

Systems thinking: We understand that everything is connected and important. That means we don’t place limits on what we believe a farm can do or produce, or the types of businesses and relationships it can make. This approach leads to more success, resilience, and impact. On a global scale, systems thinking helps us to deal with the complex problems shared worldwide, including how we can build long-term, resilient food systems that produce high-quality food for all people.

Entrepreneurship: A new local food system is growing, and working within it takes an entrepreneurial spirit: we have to work with what we’ve got, while figuring out how to deliver real value to our customers. As entrepreneurs building farms, we are responsible for making it happen – it’s a challenging road, but we believe it’s the best long-term investment for our communities and the path to self-sufficiency.

Food sovereignty: The power to make food decisions are put into the hands of many. We recognize that nations and people have the right to control their own food systems, including their own markets, production modes, and food cultures.

Diverse team: We collaborate with a diverse group of growers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers who bring different perspectives into our work to contribute to the bigger picture – just like nature does. Diverse teams and skills are necessary for producing living farms and local food: one farmer can’t do it on their own.

Hope + Imagination: We need people to be rebellious and innovate beyond what is happening now. Our current food and farming model has huge inertia – to continue at our present speed and effort is not enough. We need to shoot out of the atmosphere and go for the moon before we run out of time. Otherwise, in the future, we’ll wish we had done more now when we had the chance.