Positive Change – Slow Money MN: Grow a Farmer Fund

We’re proud that our reusable bag donation program reflects our overall mission as a co-op. With Positive Change, your reusable bag credit is worth 10¢ each. Choose to keep it, or donate it to our monthly non-profit recipients. Plus, in the spirit of making a greater impact on our community, you can round up to support these organizations every time you shop! In August, your donations will go to support the work of Slow Money Minnesota’s Grow a Farmer Fund.

Slow Money Minnesota: Grow a Farmer Fund

SMM-GAF-MNSlow Money Minnesota is an emerging network that connects people interested in building a better local food system. Their Grow a Farmer fund is a two part project that:

  • Provides accessible financing to small farms in Minnesota
  • Gives good food citizens a means to invest in farms that contribute to a healthy food system and thriving local economy

While we all love the idea of small and mid-sized farms growing great food for our tables, the reality is that small-scale farming is hard work and it is challenging to make a decent living. On top of that, small-scale farmers are the folks that have the hardest time securing bank financing.

The Grow a Farmer fund builds on years of work by many businesses and organizations (including natural food co-ops, farm-to-table restaurants, non-profit organizations, and farmers!) that are working to improve our local food system and reshape the local food economy.

Grow a Farmer Fund: At a Glance

  • Micro loans to family farmers in Minnesota
  • Below market to zero interest rates
  • 100% of donations raised go to the loan fund

Positive Change dollars raised throughout the month of August will be donated to a campaign to raise $100,000 which will start a loan fund for small family farms in Minnesota. Small farms that are using sustainable practices and demonstrate that a small loan can improve their operations will directly benefit from your August Positive Change donations. Small farms in southern Minnesota will be the focus of the first round of loans, and with success, the program will expand to other regions of the state. As these farms grow, they will repay their loans. That money will then go back into the loan fund and be available for other farmers. This way the money will continue to circulate in the community providing enduring support for small-scale sustainable farmers!

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