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Building more equitable,
more regenerative foodsheds.
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What We Do

Foodshed Capital removes the biggest barriers to success for regenerative farmers and food entrepreneurs. Through accessible, affordable financing, customized business support, and a priority focus on business owners of color, we are building regional foodsheds that are more equitable, more regenerative, and ultimately more resilient.

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Loans

0% and low-interest loans for small-scale regenerative farmers and food entrepreneurs, from early stage to seasoned operations.

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Business Support

1:1 customized support to build financial literacy, determine loan readiness, create sustainable recordkeeping practices, and support long-term business viability.

128+

Total loans made, and growing

$3,378,420

Total capital deployed

62%

Funding deployed to BIPOC- led operations

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Who We Serve

We exist to create financial opportunity for small-scale, regenerative farmers and food entrepreneurs who have faced barriers to vital resources, specifically Black, Indigenous, immigrant, LQBTQIA, female, or low-income business owners.  Whether this is through discrimination, lack of collateral, or lack of business skills, we work with borrowers of all stripes to build genuine equity into regional foodsheds.

In the US, more than 90% of farms operate on a small-scale. Although you hear more about the big guys, we know that when disaster strikes (like global pandemics or major storm events) it's the small-scale, diversified farmers nearby who keep us fed.

 

And yet, small farmers—particularly farmers of color—do not have equitable access to the capital and business resources they need to survive and thrive. Typical financial products come with high interest rates, fees, inflexible terms, and risk of loss through collateralization. We believe it's vital to put an end to these extractive practices if we truly want to mobilize regenerative food systems and repair centuries of harm.

 

As an aggregate, small farms can make a big difference. 

With the right resources, they can integrate the efficiency and innovation so lauded by the industrial food sector, while feeding diverse communities and creating thriving local economies where people want to live—without destroying the planet in the process. 

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How We Work

As a non-profit lender,  Foodshed Capital does not rely on profits from loans to grow our services or cover our operational costs. We offer extremely low interest rates—including 0% for BIPOC borrowers—through a combination of philanthropic support, private and federal grants, impact investment, and integrated capital  with values-aligned peers. Thanks to these and many others:

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