We provide financial stewardship to local farms and food enterprises in two ways:

 
 
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OUR SOIL FUND

Our 0% revolving loan fund supports local producers with equitable, patient, and risk-tolerant capital to help their businesses grow and thrive.

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Business CONSULTATION

We support our borrowers, and the entire Virginia food community, with ongoing financial and business training and advice.

 

Our Impact

$80,000

We’ve contributed $80,000 in SOIL loans to farms and food enterprises in the Virginia foodshed to date.

12+

So far, we’ve made a total of 12 SOIL loans - and we’re always working on adding more!

67%

To date, 67% of our SOIL Loans have gone to women and farmers/entrepreneurs of color.


Meet a few of our PARTNERS

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commune

Commune is a vertically integrated farm-to-table restaurant with locations in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. The business received a 0% SOIL loan in September 2019 to make some modifications to their kitchen that will greatly improve operations.

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MUHAMMAD FAMILY FARM

The Muhammad Family Farm is located in Southampton County near the towns of Branchville and Boykins. The farm received a 0% SOIL loan in August 2019 to help them purchase much needed equipment for a new farmers market they are starting.

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Heart and Bones Hollow

Heart and Bones Hollow is a Certified Naturally Grown farm located in Fluvanna County. The farm received a 0% SOIL loan in August 2019 to purchase a wood chipper to mulch downed trees on the property. The wood chips will serve as animal bedding and provide mulch for their vegetable production.

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