Financing Your Farm: Guidance for Beginning Farmers

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By Hannah Lewis

Published: October 2011

Updated: October 2011



8 pages


The purpose of this publication is to lay out several financing options available to beginning farmers to start a farm, and to illuminate the step-by-step process of applying for a loan. Small- and medium-scale sustainable farmers and those new to the world of finance are the target audience for this publication. The intention is to help these readers consider a range of options for raising capital and reducing expenses involved in starting a farm, with a bank or government loan as just one tool, albeit an important one, in a whole toolkit of creative possibilities.

Table of Contents

Traditional Lenders
Think Like a Banker
Preparing a Loan Application
Other Ways to Raise Start-Up Capital
Reducing Costs and Minimizing Financial Risk
Further Resources

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