Local Food and Farm Co-ops seeking input on Fair Finance Fund

Monday, July 9, 2018

Are you a farm or food enterprise looking for better access to capital?

The Local Food and Farm Co-ops (LFFC) have launched an online survey to gather input from local food producers, processors, market owners & staff, co-op owners & staff, and other regional food entrepreneurs that are committed to social values and community benefit goals.

The survey will inform their general research on the financial needs of the local food sector, and provide specific input for the development of their Fair Finance Fund.

The Fund will be a revolving loan fund offering patient capital (long-term or negotiated rates) for food and farm social enterprises. Social enterprises in this sector include regional producers, markets and other regional food system partners that share social values and community benefit goals.

Until September, the LFFC will be soliciting this input from partners and enterprises to ensure that the fund is designed to meet their needs and be viable over the long-term.

The research is coordinated by the Local Food and Farm Co-ops, with partners at the Rural Agri-Innovation Network/ SSMIC and the Greenbelt Fund.

All participant responses will be held in strict confidence by Local Food and Farm Co-
ops. The resulting report and general non-identifying statistical data may be shared with Fair Finance Fund partners and the Greenbelt Fund.