Claire Huntley Lafave

Claire Lafave
Yale School of Management, MBA, 2020 Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Master of Environmental Management, 2020

Currently a joint degree student between the Yale School of Management and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Claire is focusing her studies on sustainable business in the food and agriculture sector. She spent her first summer internship developing strategies for the sustainability team at Happy Family Brands, an organic baby food company, and she spent her second summer developing marketing and sustainability initiatives for Hugo & Hoby, a furniture start-up founded by two Yale SOM alums.



Prior to Yale, Claire worked as a farm-to-school coordinator on Martha's Vineyard, empowering students to make healthy eating choices and grow food themselves, so she is very familiar with Woods Hole! Later, she moved on to teach at a project-based school in the Bay Area for two years. She graduated Cum Laude from Williams College in 2012, with a major in English, and a concentration in Environmental Studies. At Yale, Claire founded and is managing the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at the Center for Business and the Environment, and is a Board Fellow at the New Haven Land Trust. She loves camping, dancing, reading contemporary fiction, and gardening. 

Authored Articles
Markets for a range of grains can grow widely and quickly

Businesses big and small can drive growth for regenerative growth across a range of crops. 

Show Me the Money: Making a Downstream Market for Diverse Regenerative Crops

In the words of the great agricultural philosopher Liza Minnelli, “Money makes the world go round.” Most stakeholders RAI interviewed across agricultural supply chains, especially farmers, want to grow crops and raise livestock in a sustainable way. Yet this desire to minimize environmental harm is not feasible if it creates...
Cover Crops for All Day with RAI

Farmers' informal networks can drive progress for finance, food and the farming business. The RAI visited pioneers in Iowa in 2018. 

Farmers on the Frontlines of the Regenerative Agriculture Transition

Achieving the transition from conventional to regenerative agriculture will require a major shift in the strategy and behavior of many of America’s two million farmers. For a farmer, farming for healthy soils, ecosystems, communities and climate conflicts at many points with conventional agriculture practice. Wider success comes only from the...
Regenerative ag's open for business- and investment

This "beyond organic" farm in New York's Hudson Valley earned capital from a REIT that saw its growth potential. 

So, You're Thinking of Investing in Regenerative Food Systems...

The traditional landscape of farmland ownership and financing in the United States thwarts the adoption of regenerative agriculture. First, farmland is expensive. Farm real estate prices have doubled in the last decade. But models have emerged to power regenerative practices forward. These include concessionary capital, financing from real estate investment...
Is this the way to crop reform?

(Photo courtesy of Pexels.com) Farmers can deliver steeper returns to themselves, their ecosystem, and their economy when their insurance system makes more sense. 

The Case for Crop Insurance Reform

Across the political spectrum, most Americans have favorable opinions of farmers and are happy with the idea that the federal government provides financial assistance to help pay for crop insurance. If they knew crop insurance's full cost, that might change. This system, while well-intentioned, leaves out the majority of farmers...
Regenerative agriculture begins here

How deeply can regenerative farming affect the way societies value farming- and farmers build value? (Photo courtesy of Lukas via Pexels.) 

The State of Regenerative Agriculture: Growing With Room to Grow More

This article, by The Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (RAI) team at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY), is the first in a series on key opportunities to accelerate regenerative agriculture in the United States. At today’s rate of soil degradation, some scientists predict the world’s topsoil could be...