By: Kristie Schmitt
Published: The Courant, April 9, 2014

Photo credit: Farm Credit East

” We are not the only FarmStart out there! Check out this great program south of the border – in North East US:   Farm Credit East’s – FarmStart LLP program provides start up loans to new entrant farmers who would otherwise not be able to access operating capital. “

FarmStart, an innovative Northeast program to help young people get started in farming, is pleased to announce the approval of its 125th investment. Since the first investment approved in August of 2006, FarmStart has now invested more than $5 million with 125 participants in the states of New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The program’s 125th investment was to McKinzey Farm, a sheep dairy in Trumansburg, N.Y. For the past several years, owners Lauren and Kevin McKinzey, have raised a flock of 38 sheep (12 milking ewes), chickens for eggs and heritage breed hogs in the Ithaca area. As they look to expand their operation to provide sheep milk yogurt, cheese, lambs and pasture raised freezer pigs for the surrounding community, they turned to FarmStart for financial assistance.
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