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CISA Emergency Farm Fund

CISA (community involved in sustaining agriculture) logoEquity Trust provides 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.  We also participate on the Loan Review Committee for the fund, evaluating applications for assistance.

Since that first round, the Emergency Farm Fund has grown to $200,000 and has made over thirty loans totaling nearly $300,000 to farms struggling to meet their immediate needs in the aftermath of various weather-related challenges including flooding, drought, an unexpected freeze, and excessive rains.