Financing Available for New Farms and New Farmers

We are holding two FREE  informational workshops  this week in Skagit and Whatcom Counties with Viva Farms.  These free workshops will be  will be held March  27th at Sustainable Connections  in Bellingham and on March 29th at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op in Mt. Vernon. For more information please contact Leigh Newman-Bell

Wed, March 27, 6:00-8:00PM

Mt Vernon Microloan Workshop 

Fri, March 29, 7:00-8:30PM
Skagit Valley Co-op*, Room 309 (upstairs)
*Feel free to grab dinner or a snack from downstairs and bring it with you.

Slow Money Northwest & Viva Farms will host a workshop covering topics such as when is a smart time to borrow, what low interest loan programs are available, how to access them, how to apply for USDA loans, answering questions throughout. Following the Microloan workshop, head down the street with us for microbrews at the Empire Alehouse to chat it up at farmer social hour!

To learn more about our approach to providing financing for startup farming businesses, you can view this webinar  held by the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) last month featuring Tim Crosby discussing our Farmer Reserve Fund and the larger the role Slow Money is playing in identifying innovative opportunities for farmers that may not qualify for traditional funding. This webinar was a part of their Community Capital series.

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