Financing Healthy Food Options Resource Bank

Food Access, Funding/Financing/Lending, Local and Regional Food Systems

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Access to affordable credit and financing is a huge barrier for many small-scale food enterprises focused on sustainable production and increasing healthy food access. One reason for this gap is a lack of knowledge about sustainable farm and food businesses, such as an understanding of business plans and accurate pricing data for this sector. In 2012, the U.S. Treasury Department funded an initiative to provide training to help community development financial institutions (CDFI) finance this sector, subcontracting with farm and food systems organizations and practitioners who have expertise in this field (several of whom are in the NESAWG network).   This resource bank has the training module and several other resources and provides an understanding of the lender's perspective on financing sustainable farm and food system businesses.

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