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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  • Where We Work
    From the shores of the Atlantic to cliffs of the Pacific, we invest in entrepreneurs across America.
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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.
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Bluebird Hill Farm

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Farming

LOCATION
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.
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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.

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Farming

LOCATION
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.
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City Bench

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Wood Goods

LOCATION
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.
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Fern Studios

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Wood Goods

LOCATION
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.
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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.

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Natural Foods and Medicines

LOCATION
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.
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Joyner Farm

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Farming

LOCATION
Faison, NC


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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.
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New Beat Farm

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Farming

LOCATION
Knox, ME


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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.
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Roger Outlaw Farm

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Farming

LOCATION
Niles, MI


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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.
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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.

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Wood Goods

LOCATION
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.
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Superior Thermowood of Brainerd

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Wood Goods

LOCATION
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.
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Sustainable Lumber Co.

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Wood Goods

LOCATION
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.
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Ten Hens Farm

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Farming

LOCATION
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.
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Trillium Pacific Millwork

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

BUSINESS CATEGORY
Wood Goods

LOCATION
Hubbard, OR


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