Where do you start when you have a project that needs funding? How do you know which program is best for the improvements you want to make? Where can you get help with your application? This online panel will highlight farmers who have used a variety of sources to finance their farm. They will discuss the successes, challenges, and impact of these strategies on their quality of life and bottom line. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and share their experiences as well.
This workshop is part of the webinar series: Investing in Your Farm: Accessing Grants and Loans for Growing Your Business
Beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers struggle to access land and capital to build infrastructure and assets critical resources to operate economically viable farms. With the workshop series, Investing in the Farm: Accessing Grants and Loans for Growing Your Business we are offering trainings to producers on record-keeping and financial management strategies to improve access to grants, cost-share, and loan programs. Educational events include:
- Grant Writing for Farmers 101, (January 18, 2023).
- Unlocking MA Money for Your Farm: Digging Deeper in MDAR Grants and Financial Assets, (January 23, 2023).
- Building from the Ground Up: High Tunnels, Irrigation, Cover Crops, and Other Infrastructure Loans Through NRCS and FSA Programs, (January 30, 2023).
- Funding Next Level Enterprises in Rural Communities: Exploring USDA Rural Development through BA/SBIR Business Development Programs, (February 13, 6:00-8:00. Online).
- Locating Funds to Mitigate Risk on the Farm: Crop Insurance and Other Research-based Opportunities, (March 6, 6:00-8:00 PM. Hybrid).
- Strategies to Capitalize the Farm: Lessons from the Field from Small Scale Farmers (March 20, 6:00-8:00 PM. Online).
- What’s SNAP Got to Do With It?: Expanding Your Customer Base with Food Nutrition Programs and Technology, (April 3, 6:00-8:00 PM. Hybrid).
This project, titled, “Connecting Massachusetts' Underserved and Beginning Producers to Safety Net and Farm Support Programs,” material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award number 2021-70027-34693.