HISTORY

What happens when you try to build an african palm oil plantation above a permaculture farm?

MISSION

Blacksheep is a formalized mechanism of defense against hyper-extractive industries.

IMPACT

We’re working with local and international partners to completely change the game.

Blacksheep was formed out of urgent necessity

In early 2014, palm oil prospectors threatened to purchase and build an african palm plantation on the land above VerdEnergia Pacifica. This land was already deforested and heavily degraded from years of monoculture tobacco farming and cattle ranching, but an african palm plantation would actively poison our river (the Tulin) and threaten access to clean water for VerdEnergia and everyone else downstream. Members of the VerdEnergia cooperative formed Shangri-Lanas, a 19-member cooperative composed of local and international partners with the mission of creating a profitable, duplicatable system for proper resource management and reforestation on the 60-hectare plot of land in Lanas, Costa Rica. The cooperative successfully purchased the land out from under the palm oil prospectors, and by May of 2014, the massive soil reconstruction and reforestation plan had begun.

Although Shangri-Lanas was incredibly successful in protecting the water sovereignty of VerdEnergia, without immediate and formalized direct action, the rest of the Tulin Watershed would fall victim to the same destructive practice from the next palm oil company.

BY SPRING 2015, BLACKSHEEP WAS FORMED.

WE DON’T WAIT FOR TOP-DOWN ACTION; WE ARE ACTION

Blacksheep is a regenerative resource management and consulting cooperative empowering local and international partners to take direct action against landbase destruction by investing in natural capital.

In other words, we create powerful, profitable business cooperatives by connecting investors with landowners in environmentally and economically exhausted areas. We use our skills as permaculturists, economists, artists, farmers, activists, community organizers and business people to create and execute a custom business and resource management plan to generate long-term wealth and stability for everyone involved.

Together, we’re working towards the reclamation of global sovereignty from extractive industries and corporations through open-sourced, cooperative partnership systems built on the regeneration of natural capital.

OUR MODEL LEAVES BEHIND THRIVING FORESTS AND COMMUNITIES

Unlike traditional investment systems, the Blacksheep model does not consider people, animals, or the environment “externalities.” We don’t invest in the destruction of land, the extraction of resources, or the enslavement of people. Instead, we embody an ethical, permaculture-based stance by prioritizing the local ownership and regeneration of land.