The Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm
By: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture (funding from Northeast SARE)
Increasing numbers of farmers are exploring creative ways to acquire capital for farm operations. This guide details options and considerations for crafting unconventional financial arrangements that have been used in other sectors of the economy, but might be new to the agricultural sector. It guides the reader through basic legal issues relevant to farmers and community members when pursuing these arrangements. We highlight several mechanisms that allow for creativity and customization of financial transactions at the neighbor-to-farmer or farmer-tocommunity-member level including, the promissory note, the owner-financed land sale, equity financing, revenue-based financing, the 'multi-year' CSA, and share leases.
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