Testimonials

First-hand accounts from the people who help make Farmfolio what it is.

Karen W.

Our Trip to Ganadería Pietrasanta

When reviewing Farmfolio’s opportunities, I particularly liked the diversification within the Pietrasanta project. I love to see multiple independent income streams! After spending time at Pietrasanta, I found the operators to be knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. I am proud to invest in their business and support their efforts.

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Heinz B.

I saw what I needed to see: steady growth and a promising future!

The Vergara family does a great job. After spending time on location and talking to them in person, I am 100% confident in the way they understand and conduct their pineapple business.

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Tim and Cathy F.

From a Virtual Reality Tour to A Horseback Tour & Everything in the Middle

From our first meeting in Phoenix, I felt that Dax and Oscar were sincere and knew what they were doing. My time in Colombia and Panama—seeing the operations, meeting the managers, and walking the property myself—assured me that my trust was well placed.

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Jerome H.

PGP Impressed My Toughest Investing Critic

Panama Golden Pineapple (and Pietrasanta) met and exceeded these expectations. In addition to beautiful settings, it was clear that these projects are maintaining the commitment of the original family farmers. For someone coming in from the outside, witnessing that level of on-the-ground investment and history is confidence inspiring.

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Jeanne S.

Dax and his team understood the promise of Colombia.

Dax and his team exhibited extraordinary creativity and vision in creating this amazing opportunity for the average investor. Through agricultural investment, they understood the promise of Colombia and what this type of investment could do for investors, for local workers, for the country, and, of course, for themselves.

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Our Trip to Ganadería Pietrasanta

At Global Investor Alliance, we evaluate investment opportunity based on three levels of risk and opportunity: One, do we believe in the industry? Two, does it solve a problem or provide a solution in a unique and innovative way that differentiates it from others in the industry? And three, what is the management like? Are they creative, open minded, and agile in their approach? Are they aggressive in their innovation and reasonably conservative in their risk & financial management?

We learned about Pietrasanta from Tom Connell, who we met years back. We have previously purchased other farmland and recognize him as a straight shooter we both like and trust. This personal connection was crucial in our decision making process, because I highly recommend that all investors take the time to get to know multiple members of any investment management team so they can fully understand the operations, the financials, short and long term strategy, and exit plan.

Our experience owning a coffee farm investment in Colombia, made us comfortable investing in this region. Colombia has many benefits for ag investing; plus, it’s quite a favorable currency position for US dollar holders. We also like Colombia because of the smart, educated, hard working, and entrepreneurial people. It’s definitely a place we’d consider investing in residential real estate in order to live there part-time.

When reviewing Farmfolio’s opportunities, I particularly liked the diversification within the Pietrasanta project. I love to see multiple independent income streams! After spending time at GP, I found the operators to be knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. I am proud to invest in their business and support their efforts.

My favorite part about the trip was hands down the horseback ride! Especially when we had to have one of the crew race off on horseback to outrun a motorbike and rescue our drone (which had landed in the road) before it was run over. Thank God, because we got great footage from that day!

I encourage other investors to make the journey to Colombia, because the thing about real estate (and agricultural projects) is that pictures never quite do it justice. You’ve got to put your boots on the ground and feel the energy of a place to really know it and assess whether it’s right for you. Meet the people that make it happen day to day. You’ll be richer and smarter for having had the experience. And if you can’t…then join Peter & Karen’s Global Investor Alliance, and we’ll walk you through the due diligence leg work we do for every deal—including onsite videos with tutorials of the farm operations, interviews with management, and a review of the investment financials.

Make sure your potential investment partners are ethical and transparent in their words and actions, demonstrating transparency and seeking to serve their customers, employees, partners & investors well. And then, by all means…ACT.
Don’t fall into analysis paralysis.

Sincerely,

Karen W.

I saw what I needed to see: steady growth and a promising future!

Because farm investments are different than stocks, as an investor, I approach them in a different way. While I often value short-term opportunism when considering stock picking, I know that agriculture is ultimately a long-term game. And for me, it’s a great hedge against the volatile financial markets. With farm investments, I look for sustainable operating models and preferably organic plantations. Maintaining a healthy farm season after season requires a deep base of knowledge and attentive care. It has to last, which makes organic management a plus and a stable legal environment a must.

In addition to what it takes to professionally manage a farm, agricultural investment projects require additional areas of competence and success factors: investment and marketing know-how need to come in, access to diverse markets (local and international), and the logistics to get products to their markets should be in place. It needs a highly committed and multi-disciplinary team to bring it all to fruition.

I learned of Panama Golden Pineapple (PGP) in the Farmfolio investment newsletter in early 2018. What I liked most about PGP was the Vergara family’s history. Because projects like this require years of farming experience and so much human commitment, getting to know the people behind the operation is one of the most important aspects of conducting due diligence. The Vergara family does a great job. After spending time on location and talking to them in person, I am 100% confident in the way they understand and conduct their pineapple business.

These interactions with the whole team topped my visit at the Farmfolio PGP operations in February 2019. The best part of my trip was getting to know Oscar, Dax, Paul, and Edna in person. Online Q & A can be helpful for your due diligence, but it can’t compare to actually asking questions and receiving answers from the Farmfolio team while driving around the large site and seeing the fields. This was an impressive experience; I felt really close to the team and the operations. I could see the opportunities that this pineapple plantation will deliver in the near and further future.

The combination of a quite significant minimal investment for a farming project in a former “banana republic” and a load of comprehensive contract documents may be enough to make potential investors balk. Not being familiar with many legal and contractual expressions in a foreign language, it took me several hours to dig through this paperwork—and some courage not to walk away. But the Farmfolio team, in particular, Head of Operations Oscar Baracaldo, did their best to answer all my questions. They helped me see that PGP is stewarded by the generational insights of the Vergara family and offers attractive short-to-long-term profits due to a top-quality product that is in demand in multiple and growing global markets.

Later in 2018, I learned of the diversified opportunities of the Ganaderia Pietrasanta (GP) project—organic coconuts, cattle, teak and more—in Colombia. Finally, at my PGP visit, I met the people that make this all possible. The Farmfolio team is constantly striving to develop their current projects and to discover new, added business potential. They are also committed to cultivating their relationships with investors, like myself, and providing steady updates to keep us informed.

In short, in visiting Panama I saw what I needed to see: steady growth and a promising future. In my book, Panama is (of course) still no Singapore, but the country is on its way up and with the dedication of teams like this, I hope it will be getting there one day.

From a Virtual Reality Tour to A Horseback Tour & Everything in the Middle

I met Dax and Oscar at Financial Fest in Phoenix, Arizona. While I was very impressed by the virtual reality “tour” of the farm at Ganaderia Pietrasanta they offered that day, a headset and screen pale in comparison to a horseback tour of the real thing. Riding through the coconut groves (alongside my wife in the truck) was the best way to experience my investment firsthand.

Experiencing that commitment in-person is important to me as an investor. The nature of foreign agricultural investments means that money is not under my control and not liquid; because of that, I take precautions, like only investing what I could conceivably lose without changing my current standard of living. But that’s also why it is so important that I have opportunities to talk with the people running the projects so I can judge whether I think I can trust them.

Another feature I look for in a foreign investment, a feature that sets it apart from the usual investment that is based on risk/reward numbers to one that has the potential for also being fun and exciting, is whether it is an interesting concept in a location I would like to visit. The Farmfolio projects check both these boxes. Both Colombia and Panama are beautiful countries and appear to be very stable.

Panama Golden Pineapple Tour

For Panama Golden Pineapple, the partnership with the Vergara family—and their many years of experience successfully growing and selling pineapples—was part of what attracted me to the investment (in addition to the very attractive projected returns).

Listening to COO Paul Vergara’s passion for the business was my favorite part of the visit to the pineapple farm. Paul is very excited about the prospects for getting great returns and the plants were very healthy. He’s also very excited about developing and maintaining a distribution network. I could tell that he expects to be successful, and I am confident that he will be. It’s fun to be partnered with such a motivated person!

For me, the opportunity to visit the farms was the premier reason for investing. I met some wonderful people at PGP and Pietrasanta. To anyone that hasn’t already decided that they want to travel to Panama and Colombia, I’d say they should do it.

The teams at the farms are so welcoming and will make your time a delight. Paul was a wonderful host in Panama, as was Oscar at Pietrasanta. Both countries are so different, in both climate and culture, than what I see in the US.

Experiences like these put a zest in life.
Sincerely,

Tim and Cathy F.

PGP Impressed My Toughest Investing Critic

I have managed my own investment portfolio for the past eight years, and as I weigh a new investment I have learned to look for three key conditions: limited downside risk, reasonable return, and diversification.

While researching agricultural investments, I saw Farmfolio mentioned in Agri Investor magazine and I was quickly impressed by the diversification Pietrasanta offers. Many investments require complete buy-in on one market; that makes the security of diversity—cattle, coconuts, and teak—all the more attractive.

In the agricultural sector, it is important to me to choose products that demonstrate a steady or growing market, that is sourced from a country with a stable government, and are grown in ideal climatic conditions (limited severe weather changes, pests, diseases, etc.).

Panama Golden Pineapple (and Pietrasanta) met and exceeded these expectations. In addition to beautiful settings, it was clear that these projects are maintaining the commitment of the original family farmers. For someone coming in from the outside, witnessing that level of on-the-ground investment and history is confidence inspiring.

A difficult aspect of foreign investment can be the intangible nature of the process. I did my homework before investing (phone calls, photos, videos, internet research), and Farmfolio does a great job communicating through these interfaces, but none of that compares to driving through the fields and getting to see your investment at work. Especially when committing funds for a longer period of time, being able to walk the land and meet directly with those responsible for stewarding my investment is a must.

At the Panama Golden Pineapple farm, Paul Vergara thoroughly answered every question I had. You don’t have to talk with Paul long to realize that he is an expert. He knows the field and is passionate about this business. The farm setting is spectacular, and the fields and plants are very well maintained.

Before visiting the PGP farm, my only ties to Panama were a college roommate who grew up in the country and a brief transit through the canal many years ago. The tour experience was excellent, and getting to share it with another investor was an added bonus.

However, the most valuable part of the whole trip wasn’t meeting with Paul, or even seeing the fields myself, it was getting my wife’s approval. She is a tough critic and has been skeptical of my overseas investments. Having a chance to experience everything firsthand—together—gave us both a much better perspective on the quality of the operation we have committed to.

Dax and his team understood the promise of Colombia.

I recently visited the Pietrasanta farm in Monteria, one of the investment opportunities from the Farmfolio family. And I say family for a reason.

This new type of agricultural investment is special in many ways, but the primary way is how investors are brought into the business.

From the beginning, I felt welcome and part of a unique group of people doing something unusual. I am not just an arms-length investor, I am part of the farm family.

Dax and his team exhibited extraordinary creativity and vision in creating this amazing opportunity for the average investor. Through agricultural investment, they understood the promise of Colombia and what this type of investment could do for investors, for local workers, for the country, and, of course, for themselves. My investment philosophy has always been to invest in people. When I stay true to that, I generally do well.

While I had not personally met the team initially, I had conversations with several members over time and loved the approach. Transparent, open, visionary, caring, dedicated, happy!

These are people who are committed to doing something different, to caring about land and people, transparency and honesty and caring about investment returns.
They are cautious and concerned about risk, taking care to foresee and plan for risk mitigation.

I believe they ultimately surprised themselves about what good they were doing for the land and the people.

In an investment, I look for trustworthy and ethical people with useful and in-demand products offering a reasonable return with risk mitigation and a solid exit strategy. I had an advantage when looking at investments in Latin America because I worked throughout the region for almost 30 years and know the people, countries, and cultures. I had full confidence that Colombia’s time has returned. Colombia always had a highly educated population in a great location with abundant opportunities for agriculture. The people wanted a return to peace and the opportunity to return to the world and make their way.
The Farm Tour

Visiting the farm was just an amazing experience, meeting Dax and Oscar was a true joy. They are kind, smart, funny, committed, prepared, visionary, and honest.

The tour could not have been better. They picked me up at the airport, drove me to the farm, showed and explained everything to me, answered patiently my every question, put me on a horseback tour, and returned me to the airport better for having had the experience. I only wish Thomas Connell had been there as well.

I encourage everyone who visits to ride the farm on horseback. You will see so much more and get the true scope of all the activity.

Thanks to everyone at the farm for your hospitality and for the work you are doing. I appreciate it as an investor but more so knowing what value you are bringing to the region and the country.

Kudos!
Jeanne S.

Documents

There’s a lot to understand about the farming business and owning land. Download these helpful guides and documents to learn more about the opportunity and how Farmfolio has made farmland ownership easy.

Farmland 101

Farmland 101

Learn how you can gain exposure to the dynamic and rapidly growing farmland sector with this exclusive guide from Farmfolio.

Farmland 101

Learn how you can gain exposure to the dynamic and rapidly growing farmland sector with this exclusive guide from Farmfolio.

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Ag Investment Guide 2021

Ag Investment Guide 2020-2021

In this year’s Ag Investment Guide you will learn about the megatrends shaping the agricultural landscape including agtech, changing consumption habits, and the impact of COVID-19.

Ag Investment Guide 2021

In this year’s Ag Investment Guide you will learn about the megatrends shaping the agricultural landscape including agtech, changing consumption habits, and the impact of COVID-19.

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Coconut Whitepaper 2021

Coconut White Paper

Our report on coconut production for export contains valuable information on coconut varieties, growth cycles, startup times, regions of production, permanent crops, market risks, value-added production, and more.

Coconut Whitepaper 2021

Our report on coconut production for export contains valuable information on coconut varieties, growth cycles, startup times, regions of production, permanent crops, market risks, value-added production, and more.

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Lime Whitepaper 2021

Lime White Paper

Read this comprehensive overview of Tahiti limes including markets, regions of productions, best practices, forecasts, and more. The data contained in this report is the foundation of our Valle Verde lime operation.

Lime Whitepaper 2021

Read this comprehensive overview of Tahiti limes including markets, regions of productions, best practices, forecasts, and more. The data contained in this report is the foundation of our Valle Verde lime operation.

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Farmfolio Lumber & Teak Report (2017)

Lumber & Teak White Paper

Learn all about hardwood markets, lumber supply chains, teak investment opportunities, sustainability, top exporters, and more. It is essential reading for those curious about our teak operations.

Farmfolio Lumber & Teak Report (2017)

Learn all about hardwood markets, lumber supply chains, teak investment opportunities, sustainability, top exporters, and more. It is essential reading for those curious about our teak operations.

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FAQs

Have some more questions? Maybe these can get you started on the right track.

Who are Farmfolio?

Farmfolio is a company focused on farm development. Our expert team plants, harvests, maintains the land and trees, and then sells to our vertically integrated network of packhouses. Finally, we distribute in-demand products like limes, lemons, avocados, coconuts, and teak around the world. It is through these activities that our data-driven approach identifies land with the highest quality trees and produce, and then we give individuals the unprecedented opportunity to own one of the world's most rewarding asset classes through our LOTs program.

How often are different LOTS projects open for purchase?

Our team is constantly bringing produce through our packhouses from new farms. Over time, as we start to identify what we call 'alpha farms' which produce the highest grade export fruit, we will negotiate with the farm owner to purchase their property and break it into LOTs (Land Ownership Titles). At that stage, we will offer the farm to potential LOT owners.

Where are your projects located?

Farmfolio’s projects are mainly located in Central and South America.

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