Disrupting Farming to Revitalize Local, Community Farmers with Dan Miller, CEO of Steward

April 4, 2024
Ron Stefanski

 

Right now the world is marked by unprecedented disruption, where technological advancements intersect with societal challenges. But one issue stands out as both timeless and timely: the future of farming. As the global population burgeons and environmental concerns loom large, the need for sustainable agricultural practices is more pressing than ever. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, by 2050, food production must increase by 70 percent to feed over nine billion people inhabiting the planet. As a result, the conversation around disrupting farming and empowering local communities is gaining more traction.

Can innovative financing models and community-driven initiatives revolutionize the agricultural landscape? 

For this latest episode of “DisruptEd,” host Ron J. Stefanski, examines the transformative potential of disrupting farming practices with Dan Miller, CEO of Steward. Together, they explored the intersection of purpose-driven entrepreneurship and regenerative agriculture, shedding light on how innovative financing solutions can empower small-scale farmers and revitalize communities.

Several main points of their discussion included:

  • The evolution of Miller’s entrepreneurial journey, from real estate development to pioneering crowdfunding platforms, and ultimately to the creation of Steward, a platform facilitating financing for regenerative farms.
  • The structural challenges facing small-scale farmers in accessing traditional financing avenues and the role of Steward in bridging this gap through online networks.
  • Case studies of Steward’s impact, including urban farming initiatives and highlighting the viability of community-supported agriculture in revitalizing blighted areas and fostering economic growth.

Dan Miller is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for purpose-driven projects and innovative financing solutions. A native of Washington, D.C., Miller co-founded FundRise, the first real estate crowdfunding platform, before pivoting his focus to address the systemic challenges in the agricultural industry. As the CEO of Steward, Miller leads efforts to connect funders with regenerative farmers, fostering a more sustainable and equitable food system.

Article written by Alexandra Simon.

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