• FarmWorks points to investment fund results

    Patricia Brooks Arenberg, The Chronicle Herald, June 16, 2014 Excerpts: "...just some of the more than two dozen jobs FarmWorks loans have helped bring to Nova Scotia from May 2012 to December 2013." “Twenty full-time jobs and six part-time jobs were created as a direct result of the FarmWorks loans over and above the (21 full-time and 14 part-time) jobs held by the business owners themselves,” says a survey released Monday that was conducted on behalf of the co-operative. “We’re pretty happy with the results to have created that many jobs in that short period of time,” Linda Best, co-chair of FarmWorks, said ...

    Posted at June 25, 2014 | By : | Categories : Links | 0 Comment
  • Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local

    Kirk Johnson, New York Times, July 1st, 2012 Excerpts: "..... beyond the familiar mantras about nutrition or reduced fossil fuel use, the movement toward local food is creating a vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture. The result, with its growing army of small-scale local farmers, is as much about dollars as dinner: a reworking of old models about how food gets sold and farms get financed, and who gets dirt under their fingernails doing the work. “The future ...

    Posted at July 24, 2012 | By : | Categories : Links | 0 Comment
  • Local Food is a Regional Economic Driver

    In its 2010 paper, Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts and Issues, the USDA cites empirical research that has found that expanding local food systems in a community can increase employment and income in that community[3]. Studies suggest the economic impact of regional food systems are most likely felt in the form of income and employment growth, particularly where import substitution – either of regional food products or of regional food services such as processing – results in more money staying within the region as opposed to being ...

    Posted at July 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Links,Loan Recipients | 0 Comment