Crowdfunding for Small Farms

Access to conventional financial capital is one of the largest hurdles to launching new farm businesses and achieving sustainability. But, with strong ties to the communities they feed, small and medium-sized farms are well positioned to take advantage of alternative financing models, such as donation and investment-based crowdfunding. This workshop provides practical advice on crowdfunding for small farm operations, with step-by-step instruction for the planning and running of successful donation and investment-based crowdfunding campaigns online. We will walk through the work of building a campaign, telling your story in text and video, generating content for social media, and how and when to post that content for maximum benefit. As a new field of financial investing, the laws and regulations governing investment crowdfunding are still frequently changing. This workshop will also cover some of the current legal issues farmers will face when pursuing these investments.