Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm/Ranch

When it comes to financing farm and ranch improvements like fencing, soil and water quality improvement projects, equipment and farmland preservation some producers are thinking outside the box. Instead of heading to the bank for a loan, they're reaching out to their customers and communities to put together project financing.  To help you explore that option, here's a great resource that shows how community supported farming has worked for some, shares the pros and cons describes how different funding avenues can be used legally and effectively. The "Guide To Financing the Community Supported Farm" comes to us from SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education), University of Vermont Extension and a team of six farmers, five attorneys, five agricultural service providers, and two financial experts.  The 60-page guide describes 8 different innovative funding mechanisms that farmers have used, the advantages and the challenges of each, and includes case studies from farms using different funding options. While the purpose of the guide is to make it possible for farmers to do much of the leg work in crafting their creative financing agreements and to avoid accounting and legal costs, that doesn't mean you should go it alone. The guide points out those times when getting legal counsel and tax advice is particularly important. The Eight Strategies Cover

All the grazing management tips you need

Subscribe to read this article and over 2,500 more!

Subscribe today!

If you're already a subscriber, log in here.

Translate »