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Loans

Berkshire Agricultural Ventures provides nimble financing to food and farming entrepreneurs and local businesses to help them thrive in today’s challenging economic landscape.

We work to create access to practical, non-traditional funding and help our region’s food businesses grow.

The types of projects we consider supporting include but are not limited to the following:

On-farm projects

  • Hoop houses and other season-extending strategies
  • Wash stations
  • Walk-in coolers and storage space
  • Vegetable diggers/planters
  • Well-pumping systems
  • Energy conversion
  • Pasteurizers
  • Fermentation tanks
  • Root cellar/cheese cave
  • On-farm value-added processing
  • Cover crop management
  • Refrigerated truck leasing for distribution
  • Land acquisition/APR enrollment

Off-farm Projects

  • Automatic bottling equipment
  • Fixed site/value-added processing
  • Meat, dairy and vegetable processing
  • Commercial kitchens and culinary training
  • Value-added business incubators
  • Food hubs
  • Food waste recovery and processing
  • Transfer facilities
  • Alternative energy/conversion assistance

Building upon our experience to date with our successful projects, we will assess each potential below-market-rate loan on the basis of its triple bottom line impacts and return on investment, as well as the need, resources and capabilities of the borrower.

For more information on how to apply for a loan, please contact us directly.