Two innovative small farms and a nonprofit community development group repaid their Equity Trust loans this summer, with thanks to the Equity Trust lending community that made those loans possible.
- Whippoorwill Farm was the first CSA farm on Martha’s Vineyard, almost twenty-five years ago. Now there are many!
- Lockhart Family Farm brought the CSA model to the “slow meat” movement with their brand new farm in Virginia.
- Jubilee House Community works to empower small farmers in Nicaragua to become self-sufficient and sustainable.
Each came to Equity Trust for loans because they recognized the common values in our mission and theirs. We were able to make those loans because of the many people who also share those values and lent to us. The Lockharts made the following comments upon repaying their loan: “We greatly appreciate your assistance and willingness to believe in our farm and its endeavors. Tonight Josiah is anticipating a rewarding meeting with Slow Food’s Heritage Meats Symposium in Denver starting tomorrow and is planning to represent U.S. family farms in Italy on behalf of both the National and local Slow Food chapters. We are expecting full Summer Camps this summer with a focus on sustainable living and support for refugee children from the Washington, D.C./Fredericksburg area. We could not have accomplished these tasks without your assistance.”