Many small farmers are struggling financially against industrial-sized farms, however, thanks to Steward -- "a new online crowdfunding platform where individual investors can put money into modest, regenerative farms" -- these small farms are able to flourish. The platform is especially useful for sustainable farms that otherwise would be restricted to accessing government grants and bank loans.
“Almost all of the funding from agriculture comes through government policy [and] direct lending, either through the government or bank programs, and those programs aren’t flexible enough for the smaller, sustainable farms,” says Dan Miller, founder and CEO. To solve this problem, the crowdsourcing platform is targeting both large investors and everyday peoples and allows anyone in the United States to invest as little as $100 to specific sustainable farms.
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