In an interview with Dorothy Suput about a "Strolling of the Heifers Microloan Fund for New England Farmers" Tuesday night, Don Persons learned about available farm financing.
Suput said that the program is in its second year. Funding for farms with an annual gross of $250,000 or less is partnership between the Chittenden Bank and "The Carrot Project." Loans range from $1,000 to $15,000. This is the second year of the program. Click here for more information. The next deadline is February 26, 2010.
Sources for the loan's initial capital includes money from “Farm Relief” benefit concerts featuring Pete Seeger, his grandson Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, and bluesman Guy Davis in September, 2008 and by the Paul Winter Consort in September, 2009, as well as major grants from the Thomas Thompson Trust and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; and private investments made through The Carrot Project.
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An interview with Andrew Huckins, the Hampshire student who started the Northampton Winter Farmers' Market revealed his vision behind the weekly food, music and art fest. "I want to broaden the scope of this winter farmers' market with music also. The musicians just wanted a place to play together. Now they're coming to the market on Saturday. The vendors really like it," said Huckins. This week's Thornes Winter Farmers' Market will feature a "mapping" art exhibit and music, as well as food from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Northampton. Check out Andrew's facebook page to learn more about music and upcoming news for the market.