In an effort to support the local food system and increase the availability of local products, the Chequamegon Food Co-op offers biannual, no interest micro-loans. Since 2008, we have awarded over $194,520 in micro-loans to qualified local food & goods producers. These small, no interest loans are capped at $5,000 and have up to a 3-year payback period.
Interested in Applying?
Proposals for the spring cycle are due by March 1 with funding decisions made by March 15. Proposals for the fall cycle are due by September 15 with funding decisions made by September 30, 2020. Download the micro-loan application.
To learn more about the Chequamegon Food Co-op micro-loan program, please contact Sara Beadle, Marketing & Member Services Manager.
Read About our Spring 2020 Recipients
Three local producers will receive micro-loans totaling $13,520 from the Chequamegon Food Co-op to help with farm projects this summer. These small, no-interest loans are capped at $5,000 and have a 3-year payback period. Micro-loan recipients for the Spring 2020 loan cycle are as follows:
- Owner John Adams of Yoman Farm in Washburn, Wis. will put microloan funds toward a 30-acre purchase and a hydraulic pump replacement for his Allis Chalmers tractor.
- Owners Brigid Reina and Jake Williams of Washburn, Wis. will use the funds for startup costs for their new ecological land restoration business, Regenerative Ruminants, where a small “flerd” of goats and sheep will be rented out to private and public landowners.
- Owner Stan Ford of Two Creeks Farm in Marengo, Wis. will purchase organic fertilizers to enhance the PH in his soil in order to yield better hay crops for local beef farmers and also to diversify his crops with planting soft fruits.
Read About our Fall 2019 Recipients
Three local producers will receive micro-loans totaling $6,500 from the Chequamegon Food Co-op to help with local producer projects this winter. Micro-loan recipients for the fall 2019 loan cycle are as follows:
- Owner Kathleen Presnell of Starlit Kitchen in Bayfield, Wis. will purchase local artist design of a new logo, new labels and eco-packaging for her vegan baked goods.
- Owner Victoria Peters of Copper Pasty in Ashland, Wis. will purchase kitchen equipment to make the cooking and preparation process run more efficiently.
- Owner Audrey Joyner of Rainsong Creations in Bayfield, Wis. will purchase a bulk roll of fabric to create her popular baby toy Sogg E. Bears.
Spring 2019 Recipients
Three local farmers will receive micro-loans totaling over $10,000 from the Chequamegon Food Co-op to help with farming related projects this spring. These small, no interest loans are capped at $5,000 and have a 3-year payback period. Micro-loan recipients in the spring 2019 loan cycle were as follows:
- Owners Tom Galazen and Ann Rosenquist of North Wind Organic Farm in Bayfield, Wis. will purchase a battery for their solar-powered tractor.
- Owner Gil Schwartz of Seasonally Sourced in Ashland, Wis. will purchase seed starting equipment, livestock, fencing, and tools.
- Owner Eileen McCutchen of Angel Acres Farm in Mason, Wis. will purchase certified organic hay to feed beef, lamb, and sheep.