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Regional Trends in New England Farm to Institution Procurement Policy
Local food procurement in New England institutions has the potential to improve the health of citizens, support the New England agricultural economy and other area businesses, and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food to New England...
Fact Sheet on Farm Credit System Farmer Lending Results for 2018
This information summarizes Farm Credit System 2018 lending activity to young, beginning, and small (YBS) farmers, ranchers, and producers or harvesters of aquatic products. For total System loans, the number of new loans made in 2018 declined by...
Fair Food Fund 5 Year Impact Report
The Fair Food Fund was designed to meet these entrepreneurs where they are and take them where they want to go. Since 2013, we have invested more than $3 million in 13 food businesses. Just as important is supporting these businesses on the road to...
Agricultural Lending: Credit to Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Is LimitedMembers only Login
Can women and minorities get the loans they need to buy and operate farms? According to USDA survey data, these "socially disadvantaged" farmers and ranchers get a disproportionately small share of farm loans. More detailed information isn’t...
Growing Food Connections: Aggregation, Processing, and DistributionMembers only Login
This brief highlights the many ways and scales at which local governments can invest in aggregation, processing, and distribution infrastructure to support local and regional food systems, from commissioning assessment studies and food hub business...
Soil Wealth: Investing in Regenerative Agriculture Across Asset ClassesMembers only Login
As the investment community in the United States, particularly within the fields of sustainable, responsible, and impact investing, shows an increasing appetite for investing in sustainable agriculture and food systems across asset classes, a subset...
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Bonds
Researched and written by CDFA, this is the third white paper in a series examining the potential creation of a food systems asset class that supports the market growth of local and regional food systems. This paper focuses specifically on bond...
USDA Report on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity 2019Members only Login
On April 25, 2017, the President of the United States established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity through Executive Order 13790. The purpose and function of the Task Force was to identify legislative, regulatory, and...
State Farm to School Policy Handbook 2018Members only Login
The State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018 is a tool for those working to advance the farm to school movement, whose core elements include local food procurement, school gardens, and food and agriculture education. The Handbook summarizes...
Local Foods, Local Places ToolkitMembers only Login
Cities and towns across the country are undertaking new initiatives and strengthening current programs that support development and growth of local food systems while reinvesting in downtowns and existing neighborhoods. Strong interest from...
Franklin County, OH TIF Deal for La Plaza TapatiaMembers only Login
The first County-Township parcel TIF (tax increment financing) enacted by Franklin County for a new location and expansion of a regional ethnic grocer: La Plaza Tapatia (the Developer), in Franklin Township.
U.S. EPA Office of Community Revitalization's Strategies for Food Systems, Health, and Economic DevelopmentMembers only Login
Local Food, Local Places helps communities create walkable, healthy, economically thriving downtowns and neighborhoods through the development of local food systems.
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Access to Capital
Research and written by CDFA, this white paper is part of a series examining the potential creation of a food systems asset class which supports the market growth of local and regional food systems which meet the economic, social, environmental, and...
The Hatchery Chicago Fact SheetMembers only Login
The Hatchery Chicago is a non-profit food business incubator that enables local entrepreneurs to build and grow successful businesses. Accion, the area’s largest microlender, and ICNC, which runs one of the largest business incubators in the...
The Power of PACE for 5 Spoke Creamery
5 Spoke Creamery, a Hudson Valley-based artisanal cheese making business, installed a 53kW solar system that will provide 108% of the farm’s electricity needs. The farm used PACE financing, offered by the Energize NYtm Finance program, to pay for...
Puget Sound, WA Food Infrastructure ExplorationMembers only Login
The objectives of the Puget Sound Food Infrastructure Exploration were: to assess and clarify the need for local food system infrastructure in the Puget Sound region, facilitate a collaborative review that aligns with existing civic programs,...
Food 21 Building a Resilient and Sustainable Food EconomyMembers only Login
Since the inception of the modern food industry and the period marking the post-world war period, there has never been a time when consumers have been so far in front of the food industry’s directions. The InCity Farm can bring year-round, locally...
Innovations in Local Food Enterprise ReportMembers only Login
This report focuses on market-based, consumer-driven solutions to overcoming difficult food access and food equity issues. The market based approach to food access and equity merges two powerful forces: first, the need and desire to make a financial...
The Investment Advantages of Organic FarmingMembers only Login
Environmental stewardship is becoming increasingly key to our economic vitality. As a result, investors are financing businesses that make a profit because of environmental sustainability, rather than in spite of it. The financial returns are real,...
Bread and Butter Farm Case StudyMembers only Login
How Bread and Butter Farm worked with a patchwork quilt of financing sources to keep land conserved for agriculture.
CDFA Food Finance White Paper Series: Food Systems & Development Finance
Many food-related initiatives, projects, and businesses have lacked sufficient resources and financing for economic and community development, largely because the food system as a whole has not been formally defined as an asset class. As the first...
CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series: The Food System - Thinking Outside of the SiloMembers only Login
During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Webcast Series, Barry Kukovich with Peoples Gas, Glenn Ford with InCity Farms and Rick Terrien with Artisan Food Networks, thought outside the silo and recognized the food system as an economic...
Local Food Action PlanMembers only Login
Traditionally, Development Finance and the Food System have not collaborated in any significant fashion. However, food systems can be brought into coordination with public finance in order to bring capital to the system as a whole. Brian Estabrook...
CDFA "Defining the Food System Asset Class" ProjectMembers only Login
Traditionally, Development Finance and the Food System have not collaborated in any significant fashion. However, food systems can be brought into coordination with public finance in order to bring capital to the system as a whole. Toby Rittner with...
NMTCs Serve Up New Space for Food Business EntrepreneursMembers only Login
For partners in the $17.5 million L.A. Prep project, the recipe for a successful food business accelerator calls for equal parts social philanthropy, economic development and collaborative synergy. L.A. Prep was financed using $16 million in NMTC...
Financing the Local Food System in WashingtonMembers only Login
Mike Lufkin and Bea Covington discuss the local food systems in WA and how it's become a growing challenge. Mike and Bea discuss changes to the way food is reaching consumers and addressing social issues.
HI's Food System: Food for AllMembers only Login
This Crossroads Resource Center report, written by Ken Meter and Megan Philips Goldenberg, examines the food system of Hawaii with special attention to low-income access to food.
Colorado Fresh Food Financing FundMembers only Login
Tim Dolan from the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority presents on the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund.
The Los Angeles Good Food Purchasing ProgramMembers only Login
In 2011-2012, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council developed the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), an innovative local food procurement policy aimed at building markets for good food to create an equitable food system for all of Los Angeles.
La Cocina: Access to Capital for Small Food Businesses Members only Login
Leticia Landa from La Cocina speaks on how her program provides access to capital for small food business entrepreneurs.
Reinvestment Fund: Healthy Food FinancingMembers only Login
Donna Nuccio from the Reinvestment Fund speaks on Healthy Food Financing.
Colorado Fresh Food Financing FundMembers only Login
John Plakorus presents on the Colorado Food Financing Fund from the Colorado Housing Finance Authority.
Expanding New Jersey’s SupermarketsMembers only Login
New Jersey Food Marketing Task Force provides this report containing recommendations of task force members on how state officials working with partners in the private sector can increase the availability of healthy affordable foods in communities...
Financing AquacultureMembers only Login
Aquaculture accounts for about half of the world's seafood. The sector will continue to grow exponentially because of the dwindling supply of wild fish and increasing demand in the developing world for animal protein. This paper focuses on...
Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund Annual Report 2012Members only Login
This annual report summarizes many factors that play a role in growing Kentucky's agriculture economy and how KADF investments continue to be crucial to that growth. The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund's programs have been in action for a...
Hardwick, VT Rural Development Food Systems Case StudyMembers only Login
Through a partnership between non-profit organizations and local food producers, Hardwick, VT invested in the area's local and regional food systems. In 2012, supported by the USDA, Hardwick opened a new site of the Vermont Food Venture Center...
Building Food Security in AKMembers only Login
This Crossroads Resource Center report, written by Ken Meter and Phillips Goldenberg, provides a comprehensive analysis of the Alaskan food system.
Community Investment in the Local Food System Case StudyMembers only Login
This case study, on Real Pickles, by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) provides an excellent overview of the direct public offering (DPO) preparation, filing, and marketing process.
Guide to USDA Funding for Local and Regional Food SystemsMembers only Login
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition begins this guide with a general overview of the USDA’s structure, followed by descriptions and details of 15 grants and programs that are relevant to local and regional food systems development. Each...
Bridging the Gaps: Funding and Social Equity Across the Food System Supply ChainMembers only Login
This report by RSF Social Finance examines the current state of funding for addressing the problems in the food system and promotes the goals and the vision for a healthier food system.
An Overview of the MS Farm and Food EconomyMembers only Login
This Crossroads Resource Center report, written by Ken Meter and Megan Phillips Goldenberg, provides an in depth overview of the Mississippi farm and food economy.
Next Generation Farmer Loan ProgramMembers only Login
The Chester County Industrial Development Authority (CCIDA) provides federal tax-exempt financing for farmers for the purchase of land, buildings, improvements, machinery, and equipment.
New Jersey Food Access Initiative - Grant GuidelinesMembers only Login
The New Jersey Food Access Initiative (NJFAI) is a program of The Reinvestment Fund. The goal of NJFAI is to increase the supply of affordable, fresh food in underserved areas across the state, while improving the diets and health outcomes of the...
Making Small Farms into Big BusinessMembers only Login
This Crossroads Resource Center report, written by Ken Meter and Megan Phillips Goldenberg, provides a plan for infrastructure investments to connect small farms in South Carolina to raise food for in-state markets.
An Overview: NYCEDC Culinary IncubatorsMembers only Login
Carly Chase with New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) presents on financing local food systems. Chase provides a background on NYCEDC, the NYCEDC incubators initiative, culinary incubators, and economic impact analysis of NYC...
Emergent Food Systems in INMembers only Login
This Crossroads Resource Center report, written by Ken Meter, provides an overview of the Indiana food system and suggests what the future of that food system should look like.
Farm Viability and Development in MIMembers only Login
This is report 4 of 5 of the Michigan Good Food Work Group Report Series and was developed with leadership from the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Food...
Institutional Food Purchasing in MIMembers only Login
This is report 3 of 5 of the Michigan Good Food Work Group Report Series and was developed with leadership from the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Food...
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