FarmStart: Finance Lab at the Social Finance Forum 2012

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Overview presentation on FarmStart impact investing initiative by Executive Director Christie Young.

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  • Farmland is being lost to development at It can take thousands of years to produce one centimeter of the topsoil needed for agricultural production.
  • Farmland is being lost to development at It can take thousands of years to produce one centimeter of the topsoil needed for agricultural production.
  • Farmland is being lost to development at It can take thousands of years to produce one centimeter of the topsoil needed for agricultural production.
  • What IS OUR DREAM FOR THE FUTURE? Ecological agriculture - which at the root means - healthy, dynamic living soil ecosystems, diversity, integrated farm operations - which minimize off farm inputs and the reduction of energy use.
  • FarmStart: Finance Lab at the Social Finance Forum 2012

    1. 1. FARMSTARTSupporting a NewGeneration of Farmers 1
    2. 2. In the next 10 years… 50% of our farm assets will be transferred 75% of our retiring farmers don‟t have successors Agriculture Agri-Food Canada 2
    3. 3. Challenges of FarmlandTransfer Speculative land values „Sunset‟ agriculture “Crisis” farm sales 3
    4. 4. Options ? Community-owned farms „Farmland For Farmers‟ Equity Fund Farmland management services 10
    5. 5. Tenure and ownership „Options‟ for retiring farmers Land Trusts and transferable leases Condo farm structures 11
    6. 6. Investment and FinancingCommunity BondsRRSP eligible equity fundsLeverage low interest, long term $ fromFarm Credit Canada or InfrastructureOntario or other Impact Investors 12
    7. 7. Enabling EnvironmentPrime farmland protectionTax incentives (for farmers and investors)Changes in planning policies 13

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