Fair Food Network

Grow the Good for more vibrant local food systems
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Fair Food Network

205 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, United States

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Grow the Good for more vibrant local food systems

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Financing

We provide flexible, patient capital to good food enterprises working to support vibrant working farms and resilient local food economies. We offer a variety of financing options designed to meet entrepreneur needs including loans, royalty financing, and equity investments.

We evaluate opportunities based on mission fit, management strength, business model, risk, and the potential for financial return. Our target deal size ranges from $50,000 to $250,000 and be offered as a stand-alone investment or as part of a larger financing package. Check out current Fund investments here

Business Assistance

Fair Food Fund also supports entrepreneurs with business assistance services.

Fair Food Consulting Corps: With a network of consultants and local partners, the Consulting Corps provides one-on-one, targeted assistance at a price entrepreneurs can afford. We provide up to $10,000 in funding per project for selected participants and cover as much as 80 percent of total project cost. Consulting services include business planning, financial management, food-safety compliance, marketing, operations management, and more.

Fair Food Business Boot Camp: The Business Boot Camp is an annual three-day intensive training free for selected participants. It includes skill-building sessions with program staff, industry mentors, and fellow entrepreneurs to help participants refine their business models, solidify their plans, and accelerate growth. It culminates with a pitch competition in which entrepreneurs present their plans to a panel of investors and compete for an award of up to $10,000 in Consulting Corps services. Read New York Times feature story on our 2014 Business Boot Camp.

About The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook

The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook is a free database of degree programs, consultants, scholarships, funding, conferences, and other education and training resources for professionals and students focused on food systems work. It is published by the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems in collaboration with the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). The Lyson Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University).

 

Contact Duncan Hilchey with any questions or comments.