First of all let me apologize ... somehow I got a little long winded in this episode. The subject of financing the farm is one that I'm passionate about and care about deeply because I not only want to see my farm succeed, but other beginning farms as well. So, when I talk about grants, loans, and other funding options I have a tendency to go on and on and on! What I do hope that you can take away from this episode though is a quick overview of some helpful resources when it comes to "finding money" and my passion for boot-strapping and saving like crazy to get the farm off the ground! As a little aside ... it seems to me that the farmers I interact with from day to day are the kings and queens of boot-strapping and getting by with less, so I would almost call it a required farming skill! Here are some helpful links from today's show ...
- Practical Farmers of Iowa
- Interview with Luke Gran of PFI (Part One and Part Two)
- Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (Research Grants)
- F.A.C.T. Fund-a-Farmer Grant
- PFI Savings Incentive Program
- USDA Beginning Farmers Grants
- NRCS Funding Opportunities
- Farm Credit Services of America (FCSA) Loans
- FSA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Loans
- The Beginning Farmer Blog Post "Why FARM?" from October 9th, 2006
- You Can Farm by Joel Salatin (Great book about just going for it on the farm)
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