2019 MARKS THE FOURTH SEASON OF THE FOOD AND FARM MICRO-LOAN PROGRAM THAT IS A PARTNERSHIP OF GRAIN TRAIN, CROSSHATCH AND NEW THIS YEAR, ORYANA

2019 MICRO LOAN APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY! DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28TH

WHO CAN APPLY

This project aims to enhance an existing local food or farming venture or to help start a new one within the counties of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet and Otsego. The ideal candidate will propose an idea that would boost a farm or food business and elevate the region’s local food system. Applicants using sustainable practices are strongly encouraged, but proposals are not limited to particular practices or scale.

USES FOR LOAN

  • essential tools for the farm or food business
  • materials, land, livestock, or infrastructure essential to the operation
  • certification
  • marketing and distribution
  • professional development
  • value-added product production
  • processing, packaging, marketing for farm products

LOAN DETAILS

  • $500 - $10,000
  • repayment terms dependent on loan size
  • 0% interest rate
  • no application fee

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Daniel Marbury at (231) 622-5252 or daniel@crosshatch.org.

 PAST RECIPIENTS  

2018 

Natalya Aho of Madcrow Market Garden,
a small scale intensive market garden located at Wagbo Farm and Education Center, plans to use the loan to purchase necessary supplies such as a cooler, scale, and perimeter fencing to become a dedicated market grower.

Rachel Cross of Spirit of Walloon,

lives the mission; to connect people to their food, farmers and community while promoting sustainable growing practices. With the micro loan funds from the program, Rachel plans to create a four-season wash and pack station.

Nicholas Paxton of Joli Cochon Farm,

 located in East Jordan, is on a mission to raise happy, healthy animals and the best tasting pork possible. With funding from the micro loan Nicholas will purchase a hammer mill to produce his own feed as well as shelters, freedom feeders and fencing for his hogs.

2017

Recipient Matt and Ellie Evans of Pitchfork Farms 

Ellie was thankful for the Micro Loan to start a project that, at this point, no one else is doing in Petoskey. “The loan goes beyond helping the farming community, it helps the community at large too,” said Ellie. “There’s been a demand for u-pick berries, and right now people have to drive out of Petoskey to find it. To provide something that no one else is doing right now feels really good.” -Crosshatch

2016

Recipient Marvin Best of Best Farm 

"Best Farm in Ellsworth was able to do some soil health building, irrigation work and get some repairs done on a tractor. The low interest rate was especially intriguing to Best Farm, as the bank was offering a much higher rate for loans." -Crosshatch

 Recipient Susan Sharp of Open Sky Organic Farm 

"Open Sky Organic Farm in Cross Village, is installing new heating and cooling systems to extend their season and offer organic vegetables longer into the fall and winter." -Crosshatch

 Recipient Lukas Hamilton of Grass Lake Organics

"Grass Lake Organics in Antrim County was able to purchase some irrigation and tilling equipment to cultivate a garden, which lead to supplying food for the surrounding community." -Crosshatch