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Why BAV Matters

Berkshire Agricultural Ventures knows that promoting development and ensuring lasting change in agriculture requires systematic investment and support.

National economic research shows:

  • Every $1 invested generates $1.30 to $4 in return.
  • Every food job created results in 1.2 to 6 more jobs.

BAV is uniquely positioned to significantly impact farms and food businesses by providing fertile ground for a stronger and more resilient local food economy.

Did you know the food sector is one of the largest and fastest-growing in the U.S. economy?

Much of this expansion relies on industrial food production where the growth of produce and livestock are heavily subsidized to lower prices for consumers. Lower price points for customers do not reflect the true cost of production (consider: time, labor, supplies, infrastructure maintenance, etc.) more often hurting, particularly small- and medium-sized, farms. And in the long-term, the current scale of industrially produced foods is damaging to our health and the health of our communities, and the earth.

When stuck in a cycle of relying on subsidies and limited, rigid, financing options, small- and medium-sized farm and food businesses are constrained in their ability to keep up with demand, grow and scale-up.

How We Help

BAV meets entrepreneurs’ needs by providing flexible grants, loans (0-2% interest), and technical assistance, both supporting this demand and growing the opportunity for for-profit and non-profit endeavors. And returning more dollars directly back to our farms and food businesses and to the local economy. 

We are uniquely positioned to significantly impact farms and food businesses by providing fertile ground for a stronger and more resilient local food economy. Learn more about How We Help.