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Friday, September 20

9:00am EDT

Crazy Good: Show me the Money - Creative Financing for Farmers and Food Producers
Limited Capacity seats available

Every small business owner knows the challenges of securing capital.  This proves even more challenging for farmers since lenders often don’t “get” farming and see their businesses as riskier. Thankfully, this view is starting to change as more lenders get on board with lending to the agricultural community.  This workshop will highlight several innovative financing opportunities for farmers and food producers, including a new farm-focused credit union—the first of its kind in the nation, a community loan fund that offers business planning services alongside its lending products, and a “slow money” model that allows community members to invest directly in local farms and food businesses.  

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Rebecca Busansky

Program Manager, PVGrows Investment Fund
Rebecca Busansky is the Program Manager for the PVGrows Investment Fund which provides financing and technical assistance to farm and food entrepreneurs located primarily in Western Massachusetts through community investments. She has worked for PVGrows since 2013, and joined the... Read More →
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Scott Budde

President, CEO, and Co-Founder, Maine Harvest Federal Credit Union
Scott has 30 years of experience in investment management, banking and consulting with a focus on impact and community investing strategies.  He is currently Project Director of the (MHCP) where he is working to create specialized credit union focused on small-scale sustainable agriculture... Read More →
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Charlene Andersen

Farm Food Lender, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Charlene Andersen is the Farm Food Lender at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit that turns investments into loans and education to create opportunity and transform lives across the state. In this role, she advocates for farmers, fishers, food producers and value chain... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Historical Society of Cheshire County 246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431