Funding a farm is difficult. There are solutions, including local nonprofit institutions that are organized to help. California FarmLink offers equipment, infrastructure, and seasonal operating loans and helps farmers find land and improve farm financials to position for financing. Slow Money Northern California is dedicated to funding local food economies by creating a network of entrepreneurs and investors who support each other in many ways, including catalyzing loans from individuals to sustainable businesses. A farmer who has worked with both organizations will speak about the experience. All of our speakers have worked with other alternative lenders, from government programs to online sources of crowdfunding.
Sarah Lopez, Fiesta Farm, Watsonville, CA;
Brett Melone, California FarmLink, Prunedale, CA;
Peter Ruddock, Slow Money Northern California, Palo Alto, CA.