Jenny Brown of the Whole Foods Market Producer Loan Program asked me to
forward this announcement on her behalf.  They seek loan applicants for
the program below.  Please consider reprinting or forwarding this
message to producers or educators within your networks that might be


Sean McGovern
SARE Outreach Specialist


From: Jenny Brown (CE CEN) [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 7:37 PM
To: Sean McGovern
Subject: Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program

Dear Sean,

Whole Foods Market recently started a new program to provide
low-interest, long-term loans to small producers around the country. We
are very excited about the opportunity to help small producers, but our
biggest challenge so far has been spreading the word. I appreciate your
passing on this information.

Through the Local Producer Loan Program, Whole Foods Market makes $10
million available annually for low-interest loans to small, local
producers. Eligible products include agricultural crops, value-added
food products, and other all-natural grocery items, and applications are
accepted on a rolling basis. At five to nine percent, the interest rates
currently offered through the Local Producer Loan Program can be
extremely attractive to small agricultural producers. The program has
other attributes geared to small producers: loan application paperwork
is minimized; there are no penalties for early repayment; and loan terms
may be from a few months to ten years. You can read about some of our
borrowers here:

Whole Foods Market's Local Producer Loan Program is part of a
company-wide initiative supporting local agricultural producers and food
artisans, which includes hosting farmers markets at stand-alone stores,
refocusing in-store marketing to highlight locally-produced products,
and hiring regional staff focused specifically on sourcing local

Thanks again for the opportunity to let more people know about the
program. I am happy to speak with anyone who has questions or needs more


Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown

Whole Foods Market

Associate Coordinator | Local Producer Loan Program

550 Bowie Street, Austin, TX 78703

office: (512) 542-0895 | fax: (512) 482-7874

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