ShadeFund

A program of Natural Capital Investment Fund established by
The Conservation Fund and U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities.

RETRIEVE PASSWORD

Providing loans to entrepreneurs who are good stewards of forests and farmland.

 

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Appalachian Designs
Specialized in crafting wood furniture and architectural elements using natural, high quality materials in coordination with sustainable forestry efforts in Western North Carolina.

Appalachian Designs

Specialized in crafting wood furniture and architectural elements using natural, high quality materials in coordination with sustainable forestry efforts in Western North Carolina.

Asheville, NC

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Bluebird Hill Farm
Farming is a labor of love, and one that Norma DeCamp Burns, owner, takes to heart with her organic lavender.

Bluebird Hill Farm

A $25,000 loan helped Bluebird Hill Farm acquire a specially designed harvester and a large capacity steam distiller.

Bennett, NC

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Brines Farm
Shannon Brines began operating Brines Farm in 2004. Located in Dexter, Michigan (roughly 10 miles northwest of Ann Arbor), he sells a range of produce, including heirloom and open pollinated vegetables.

Brines Farm

Using a $10,000 loan, Brines Farm is installing a irrigation system with low flow water pumps that will serve both the hoophouses and fields.

Whitmore Lake, MI

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City Bench
Connecticut brothers Ted and Zeb Esselstyn, co-founders of City Bench, create one-of-a kind furniture from unwanted urban trees.

City Bench

A $25,000 loan helped City Bench acquired a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill to continue creating beautiful and unique works of art.

Higganum, CT

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Fern Studios
Fern Studios sells stunning heirloom-quality tables, lamps and other furniture made from sustainably sourced American hardwoods.

Fern Studios

A $7,500 loan helped Fern purchase woodworking equipment & renovate space in a 19th century barn for permanent work space.

Germantown, NY

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Firsthand Foods
Firsthand Foods connects North Carolina's pasture-based livestock farmers with local food lovers, restaurants and retailers.

Firsthand Foods

A $40,000 loan helped Firsthand Foods acquire a walk-in freezer to support the growth of their naturally raised beef and pork aggregator small business.

Durham, NC

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Joyner Farm
James Joyner raises grass-fed, antibiotic-free sheep on 100 acres of rotationally grazed fields in North Carolina.

Joyner Farm

James Joyner is using a $37,000 loan to grow his ewe flock, purchase fencing, and carryout farm improvements.

Faison, NC

New Beat Farm
New Beat Farm is a MOFGA Certified organic farm growing vegetables, flowers and herbs in the heart of Waldo counties rich agricultural community.

New Beat Farm

A $4,000 loan helped New Beat Farm acquire a 21’ X 96’ production greenhouse.

Knox, ME

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New River Organic Growers
New River Organic Growers (NROG) is a nonprofit cooperative of farmers located in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina whose goal is to provide fresh produce and humanely raised meats to North Carolina consumers.

New River Organic Growers

A nonprofit cooperative of farmers located in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.

West Jefferson, NC

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Rainco Forest Resources
Provider of sustainable harvesting solutions for forest landowners.

Rainco Forest Resources

Provider of sustainable harvesting solutions for forest landowners.

Sophia, WV

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Roger Outlaw Farm
"Tired of sitting around," Mr. Outlaw decided to use a $20,000 ShadeFund operating loan to return to full-time farming with his three sons.

Roger Outlaw Farm

Using a $20,000 ShadeFund operating loan, Mr. Outlaw is returning to full-time farming with his three sons.

Niles, MI

Rogue Resources, Inc.
Rogue Resources is a 19-year old enterprise based in Steamboat Springs, CO, that's using beetle-kill trees in an innovative way.

Rogue Resources, Inc.

A $35,000 loan helped Rogue attain $180,000 in financing to purchase equipment and add employees for a new WoodStraw® product line.

Steamboat Springs, CO

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Superior Thermowood of Brainerd
Using a thermally modified wood process originally pioneered in Finland, Thermowood upholds a commitment to making the building of a deck or the installation of a new wood floor environmentally sound.

Superior Thermowood of Brainerd

A $19,200 loan helped finance an order of thermally modified basswood for guitar fingerboards.

Palisade, MN

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Sustainable Lumber Co.
Sustainable Lumber Co. produces a breathtaking selection of craftsmanship style flooring, doors, cabinetry, and other products from 100% local Montana wood.

Sustainable Lumber Co.

Sustainable Lumber Co. produces a breathtaking selection of craftsmanship style flooring, doors, and cabinetry from 100% local Montana wood.

Missoula, MT

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Ten Hens Farm
Dru and Adam Montri operate Ten Hens Farm in Bath, Michigan. The farm sells locally, and uses natural production techniques to grow its produce.

Ten Hens Farm

Using a $15,000 ShadeFund operating loan, the Montris are increasing their farm's productivity.

Bath, MI

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Trillium Pacific Millwork
Trillium Pacific Millwork turns signature woods of the Pacific Northwest into high-end, environmentally responsible retail products.

Trillium Pacific Millwork

A $20,000 loan helped Trillium purchase a $70,000 piece of woodworking equipment called a CNC router.

Hubbard, OR

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