The Carrot Project
The Carrot Project has a thoughtful list of farm financing resources on their website, and offers financing to farms and food businesses in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, western Connecticut, and the Hudson Valley.
CISA Emergency Farm Fund
The CISA Emergency Farm Fund was established in partnership with Whole Foods Market, Equity Trust and individual donors in response to the damages suffered by farms in western Massachusetts due to Hurricane Irene. It opens only in response to emergencies affecting multiple farms.
Common Capital is a non-profit community local fund, offering small business loans between $500 and $300,000 to businesses in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, Berkshire, and Northern Worcester counties in Western Massachusetts.
Farm Credit East
Farm Credit is a cooperative bank owned by its member farmers, which offers loans and other business services to farms. Farm Credit has local branch institutions in each state, and Farm Credit East serves our region. The FarmStart program assists new farmers and farm cooperatives with an operating line of credit up to $50,000.
PVGrows Investment Fund
PVGrows is looking for committed entrepreneurs with well-researched plans to develop facilities or activities which expand the market for Pioneer Valley-grown agricultural products, such as post-harvest handling, processing, marketing, or distribution.
USDA Farm Service Agency Farm Loan Programs
FSA’s farm loan programs are a valuable resource to establish, improve, expand, transition, and strengthen your farm or ranch. FSA has a variety of different farm loan programs which include farm operating loans, farm ownership loans, emergency farm loans, guaranteed farm loans, rural youth loans. The Microloan Program offers operating loans with a shortened application process and reduced paperwork designed to meet the needs of beginning farmers and smaller family farms. The FSA Emergency Farm Loan program is made available when a natural disaster is designated by the Secretary of Agriculture for producers who have suffered qualifying farm related losses as a result of the disaster (it is currently open for drought-related losses in western Massachusetts and other affected areas).
USDA Rural Development Farm Labor Direct Loans and Grants
This program provides grants and affordable financing to farms to develop housing for farmworkers. Funds can be used for construction, improvement, repair, and/or purchase of housing. Grants are awarded based on need and may not exceed 90% of project cost; financing is for a term of up to 33 years at a fixed rate of 1%. For more information, contact your local Rural Development office.
Whole Foods Market: Local Producer Loan Project
Whole Foods Market is providing low-interest loans to independent local farmers and food artisans in order to fund expansion and capital expenditures. A strong preference is given to producers supplying Whole Foods.