Healthy food financing

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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Food Innovation Districts

November 18, 2013
Food Innovation Districts

The Food Innovation District guidebook is a package of “how-to” information and examples that can help local governments and other stakeholders engage in and benefit from the growing market for local and regional food.

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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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