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CISA Emergency Farm Fund

CISA (community involved in sustaining agriculture) logoEquity Trust provides pro bono fund administration for the Emergency Farm Fund, a zero interest emergency loan fund set up in October 2011 by Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) in response to the damage suffered by farms in western Massachusetts due to Hurricane Irene. Equity Trust also participates on the  Loan Review Committee  for the fund. Since Hurricane Irene hit Western Massachusetts in August 2011, the $100,000 revolving fund has made loans totaling nearly $50,000 to six different farms struggling to meet their immediate needs in the aftermath of the storm and flooding.  Farms receiving loans include Dave’s Natural Garden in Granby, Bug Hill Farm in Ashfield, The Bars Farm in Deerfield, and Long Plain Farm in Whately.

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