Financing the Working Landscape Kicks off at Sterling!

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Posted: October 23, 2015

On Saturday morning, we will join 100 other individuals headed up the hill to Crafstbury Common to learn from one another about the continuum of capital available to working lands enterprises. As farmers, food producers and wood products businesses grow, they grow slowly. They rely on markets, on growing season, on the weather, and on the management of natural systems to allow them to develop their businesses over time. And while traditional capital providers are interested in investment for a quick return, we’re honored to be hosting a wide range of financial institutions and capital providers who understand what it takes to make something sustainable.

Financing the Working Landscape is a conference which originated in Addison County, run by ACORN and Addison County Economic Development Corporation.   For the last four years, this conference has brought together agricultural and wood products businesses, along with food producers, to meet and learn about the options available for business assistance and pathways to readiness for capital.

This year, we are honored to host this conference with NVDA, and at Sterling College, with the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

The conference was designed for a weekend to allow our working lands enterprises the opportunity to attend, and has already gotten full attendance! We look forward to great conversations and will share the stories and outreach once the conference wraps up!

 Sponsors include:

VHCB Farm and Forest Viability Program, USDA Rural Development,

Vermont’s Working Lands Enterprise Initiative, and Community National Bank.

Partners include:

Sterling College                                                                                                             Slow Money

Vermont Farm Fund                                                                               Small Business Administration

VEDA/Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation                                     VSJF/Flexible Capital Fund  

Northern Community Investment Corporation                            Vermont Community Loan Fund

VT Small Business Development Center                                                                Yankee Farm Credit

Northern Forest Center                                                                Community Capital of Vermont



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