The Carrot Project works at the forefront of change by helping to create a sustainable local farm and food economy.
Our work facilitates access to financing and business support so that today’s small farm and food businesses can grow into thriving, enduring enterprises.
We make long-term investments in the building blocks of the food system that contribute to healthful food for consumers, a replenished environment, and strengthened regional and local economies.
Ironwood Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm run by 3 women on 8.5 rented acres. They worked closely with The Carrot Project to prepare for a loan that did much more than assist the business in applying for money. Shaping a future on paper from the outset helped make Ironwood Farm a viable business, and establish profit and stability in its first three years. The farm now feeds 125 families through its CSA, partners with dozens of restaurants and wholesale accounts, has a thriving year-round farmers market and grows several thousand pounds of peashoots for a meal-planning service. They are meeting the challenges of a three-person business partnership that stands outside the family farm model. And they are growing organically with an eye to improving the land so it can be sustained for future generations. Read more.
For more information about our work, download The Carrot Project's 2016 Impact Report, a story in graphic form of our organization and some of the amazing farm and food businesses with whom we work.
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Monthly Loan Deadlines!
The Hudson Valley & Western Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont loan programs now offer monthly loan deadlines the first of each month or the next business day, if it falls on a weekend or holiday. The Maine loan program accepts applicants on a rolling basis.
Turner Hill Malting Co., South Egremont, MA
Grass + Grit Farm, New Paltz, NY
Ironwood Farm, Ghent, NY
Maple Hollow Farm, New Salisbury CT
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