Agro-Ecological is founded on knowledge and experience. Our goal is to enable investment in farmland and manage it with a long-term perspective.
Geoff Burke was brought up on a sheep and beef farm in New Zealand, in a family that was involved with agricultural investment from ‘paddock to plate’. He made his first investment in the agriculture sector at the age of 10 and has been involved with a wide range of different farming activity across livestock, cropping and the horticulture sectors. He graduated from Massey University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Studies (Agricultural Business) and from Lincoln University in 1997 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Biological Husbandry).
After graduating from Lincoln University he worked for the Organic Research Centre at Elm Farm in Berkshire as Organic Farm Adviser (conducting around 150+ farm evaluations for organic conversion), Business Development Manager and as the founder and Managing Director of the Organic Arable Marketing Group. He was also involved in the establishment of the Organic Seed Producers Company as its founding Managing Director.
He spent eight years in investment banking/asset management including JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse Asset Management in the City of London and has several years’ experience in SRI (Sustainable and Responsible Investment).
In New Zealand he was a member of the certification committee for AgriQuality, an organic certification organization. He has been involved with farmland investment management and advisory work, organic research, a diverse ‘care farm’ operation, apple orchard investments, dairy sheep investment projects, organic viticulture investment and a multi-enterprise ‘gastro farm’ initiative.