A broad range of deteriorating health and environmental indicators show that the USA desperately needs a more more sustainable food systems. Smaller scale, sustainably run farms and food businesses are an important part of this solution....
A broad range of deteriorating health and environmental indicators show that the USA desperately needs a more more sustainable food systems. Smaller scale, sustainably run farms and food businesses are an important part of this solution.
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Christine James

Despite the growth in small, sustainable farms and related businesses in New England and across the country, the financial sector has been slow to adapt its services to the particular needs of small farmers and start-up food entrepreneurs. As a result, financing for new, sustainable agriculture businesses typically has come in the decidedly unsustainable forms of informal borrowing from friends and family, limited government programs, some small loan funds, and high-interest credit cards.

Maine Harvest offers not only a viable financing alternative for small and beginning farmers and food entrepreneurs in its home state, but a model for the rest of New England. It’s this promise of a sustainable financing option that can help build our region’s sustainable agricultural economy that secured The John Merck Fund’s support for Maine Harvest.