New Matching Funds Available for Beginning Farmers

We have teamed up with our friends at Cascade Harvest Coalition to create Seeds of Success, a program for beginning farmers to help beginning farmers and ranchers build assets and grow their businesses.
Nationwide, we’re facing an aging farming population, rising demand for local food, and scarcity of opportunity in rural communities. In order to change the system, we need to support and empower beginning farmers and ranchers in achieving their financial. We believe that this program will be a step in the right direction.  Participating farmers and ranchers can receive up to $5,000 in matching funds which can be used to purchase farm equipment, livestock and land. Please check out our Seeds of Success Program Page to learn more about becoming a participant, partner, or sponsor.

Job Opportunities at Angelic Organics Learning Center

Angelic Organics, a farm incubator and training program in Caledonia, Illinois, has two openings for motivated organic farm professionals.

  1.    Half-time Farm Finance Program Coordinator to help beginning farmers improve the economic viability of their farms through increased access to capital and financial products as well as supporting farmers in building business and financial management skills.  
  2. Full Time On Farm Initiative Program Director responsible for leading the initiative to offer children and adults to an educational experience on a vibrant working farm through workshops and other training opportunities.  

Go to http://www.learngrowconnect.org/ for more information and to apply.

Rockefeller Reports

The Rockefeller Foundation has been investigating the Social and Economic Equity in US Food and Agriculture Systems. As part of this work they have generated a series of intriguing reports with the most relevant being Bridging the Gap: Funding and Social Equity Across the Food System Supply Chain. As explained at their website, “This report examines the current state of funding for addressing the problems in the food system and promotes the goals and the vision for a healthier food system. It analyzes where capital is flowing and where it is not flowing, and what kinds of approaches are needed to increase the flow and effectiveness of capital where gaps currently exist. RSF Social Finance, a Slow Money ally, managed the report. View the report …