Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm

Posted: May 3, 2012

The complete guide or individual chapters from the publication Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm are now available.

Ben Waterman, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture,

For free download go to the University of Vermont Extension New Farmer Project's website:  -- Click from the right-hand menu, "Quick Links."

The guide was produced in partnership with farmers who have used innovative ways to acquire capital from individuals in their communities for establishing and growing operations. It was designed to address questions that farmers might have, but is relevant to anyone exploring community financing arrangements. Legal and accounting considerations are presented, and several options are detailed, including owner-financed sales and land contracts, promissory notes, equity financing, revenue-based financing, share leases, multi-year community supported agriculture memberships, and more.