Lookout Farm

Lookout Farm is a farm operation in Bellevue that specializes in seasonal vegetables and leafy greens.

Lookout’s produce is sold through their community supported agriculture (CSA) offering, at the Hailey and Ketchum farmers’ markets and to nearby restaurants. Produce is also donated to a local non-profit organization serving domestic abuse survivors.

IMPACTS

Approximately 23,500 pounds of nutrient-dense food were locally produced and sold in 2021

14.5 acres under sustainable cultivation, 3 acres are currently producing vegetables and most of the 2 acres in transition will be producing vegetable crops in the 2022 season.

Improved financial modeling and reporting, contributing to long-term business success.

Leveraged precision farming and regenerative agriculture techniques to reduce nutrient and soil run-off and protect water quality.

Avoided approximately 7,084 lbs of carbon dioxide equivalents by selling produce locally

Project Overview

With a $35,000 recoverable grant, Lookout Farm purchased the equipment, tools and inputs needed to convert two acres from hay production to vegetable production. A portion of this project was funded by Blaine County’s Land, Water and Wildlife Program.  

During the second year of the conversion, Lookout Farm will begin producing vegetables on the majority of the two-acre conversion parcel. The remaining acreage will receive additional soil building and weed management attention.  

Despite the drought affecting most farmers in the region, Lookout Farm was able to continue forward on the land transition and is recording their successes and missteps. This information will provide a model for other regional farmers interested in transitioning their acreage from livestock forage production to food for human consumption.  

TESTIMONIALs

Through this program, we’re able to transition more of our land from alfalfa hay production to food for our community, while modeling a water-smart, regenerative production model.

Briana Swette, Lookout farm

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Guiding Principles

We have strong relationships with local farmers and deep knowledge in the local and regional food system built through our Food & Farm program, the Local Food Alliance.  We are deeply familiar with local investing and able to provide the technical assistance required to prepare borrowers for financing.

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Funding Objectives

Impact Idaho Fund objectives are primarily aligned to UN Sustainable Development Goals 2 – Zero Hunger – and 11 – Sustainable Communities. In pursuit of more resilient, regionalized food and agriculture systems, the Impact Idaho Fund Pilot will also consider critical impacts on land, water and energy resources.

SVIR envisions a resilient community with a nourishing regional food system, a healthy environment and a vibrant and equitable economy. Through the Impact Idaho Fund, SVIR catalyzes capital for regional resilience projects that advance local food security.

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