The Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm
More and more Vermont farmers are using creative ways to acquire capital for land acquisition, start-up and operation. At the same time, increasing numbers of individuals are exploring alternative investment vehicles and ways to help finance small businesses within communities.
The Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm details options and considerations for crafting unconventional financial arrangements that have been used in other sectors of the economy, but might be new to the agricultural sector.
The 62-page guide addresses legal, accounting, environmental and social considerations relevant to pursuing customized financial agreements, and contains examples of farms who have used alternative financing.
Available for free download in its entirety or by individual chapters.
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- Chapter 1: Federal Securities Laws
- Chapter 2: State Securities Laws
- Chapter 3: Owner Financed Sales and Land Contracts
- Chapter 4: Considerations for Dealing with Farmland Investors
- Chapter 5: The Promissory Note
- Chapter 6: Demystifying Equity Financing
- Chapter 7: Revenue-Based Financing
- Chapter 8: The "Multi-Year CSA" Financing Model
- Chapter 9: The Share Lease Agreement
- Appendices: Community Financing Theory, Profit vs Non-Profit and Different Ways of Raising Capital, Contract Basics and Sample Promissory Notes
- Farm Case Studies: Bloomfield Farm, Highlighting Cohousing and Cooperative Land Ownership; Fair Food Farm, Highlighting Creative use of Promissory Notes; Bread and Butter Farm, Highlighting Purchasing the Farm and Community Financial Support; Sugar Mountain Farm, Highlighting Bootstrapping, Vendor Financing, Pre-buys and the Quest to Build On-Farm Slaughter Infrastructure.
Last modified March 28 2012 07:09 PM