Young Farmers Are A Great Investment!

posted March 6, 2009

Dear Aunty,greenhorns2

I need a production loan. Why?

Because the farming equipment worth buying costs money.
The nice tools are made in England and Switzerland and Holland – but the Chinese ones at the Hardware store fall apart and make me feel like a grunt.

Specifically, I would like to buy:
a seeder
2 spades
2 forks
200 ft. industrial hose
rainbird sprinkler
gardena 80 ft. sprinkler
bed rake

That was really the letter I was writing today. And I’m not alone needing some help.   – Severine

Nonprofit lender provides loans to ag startups
By Jondi Gumz – Sentinel staff writer
Posted: 03/02/2009 01:30:32 AM PST

WATSONVILLE — For more than five years Rebecca King has had her sights set on becoming a shepherd and a cheesemaker.

rebeccakingKing, 32, who grew up in suburban San Jose, is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz. She started out working on farms, went to cooking school, then was a chef at Gabriella Cafe for two-and-a-half years. She rented property and bought a flock of sheep two years ago. Last summer, her family bought a 40-acre farm in Monterey County where she planned to set up a sheep dairy.

“In the middle of everything, the economy went in the tanker,” she said.

Fortunately, she had been building a relationship with California FarmLink, a 10-year-old nonprofit that loaned her $90,000 for the equipment she needed to grow her business, Garden Variety Cheese.

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