Financing farming

Food Hubs: Solving Local

February 27, 2014
Food Hubs: Solving Local

What is “local food.” And how do you get the generally smaller scale stuff into larger-scale grocery stores, restaurants, and cafeterias? The new National Good Food Network report — Food Hubs: Solving Local — shows how local food is getting onto those shelves and staying true to farmers and communities in the process. Co-authored by Patty Cantrell, Regional Food Solutions LLC, Solving Local presents five case studies that illustrate successful food hub and industry partnerships.

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Making Economic Sense of Local Good Food

February 26, 2014
Why do we pick, pack, and pickle cucumbers when we can buy the finished product for half the cost? Because we want to!

Why do we pursue local food when it doesn’t always pencil out? Why are we here? Why are we growing in number, gaining in influence, growing jobs and yummy food, and putting local food in schools like nobody’s business? Because we want to! That’s why.

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Case studies and tips on small farm financing

July 20, 2012
Case studies and tips on small farm financing

Financing smaller farms: New resources for lenders who want to learn and activists who want to promote.

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Lenders learn how to bank on small farms, local food

February 3, 2012
Lenders learn how to bank on small farms, local food

 Financing team offers training as part of healthy food initiative  By Patty Cantrell  Nic Welty employs himself full time year-round raising lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens in three low-cost passive solar greenhouses, which together cover less than one acre of land. His Nine Bean Rows farm near Traverse City, MI, is one of many [...]

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Financing measure could boost farm production in food deserts

July 22, 2011
Rural and urban communities lack access to quality fresh food.

By Bob Heuer & Patty Cantrell First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity moved forward Wednesday with her announcement that grocery chains have agreed to open or expand 1,500 stores in urban and rural “food deserts” nationwide.  She did not say who would be growing all the anticipated fruits and vegetables. Many believe local [...]

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New Tool to Help Banks and Small Farms Communicate

October 31, 2010
The small and highly diverse Mighty Food Farm in Pownal, VT, is an example of the paradigm-shifting generation of new farmers that are challenging for banks used to more conventional farming businesses.

Over the last 20 years, credit-scoring systems have made it easier for banks to analyze risk and make loans to the diverse world of small businesses, from car dealerships to coffee shops. Now a group of sustainable agriculture leaders are working on a similar tool to help banks work with the new, paradigm-shifting generation of small and diverse food and farm entrepreneurs.

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