Ready to Grow

The Carrot Project’s vision is to significantly increase the number of successful small farm and ag businesses resulting in a meaningful increase in the local production of food in New England and the Hudson Valley. We help to launch small farm and ag businesses and support their growth towards profitability, a crucial factor to business viability.  

We want the farms and businesses that we work with today to be here in 5, 10, and 50 years from now. Their success is the foundation of a strong local food economy. Research by The Carrot Project and others shows that a full two years of business advising is needed to help launch a successful start-up or early-stage farm or food business.  Funds to support this long-term, substantive work are the most difficult to raise. That’s why we need visionary and committed donors like you.

To achieve these outcomes, we invest, on average, $2,500 in services to each farm/business over a two-year period. Data shows that this investment makes a dramatic and positive change in the business’s trajectory towards profitability. But because our funding comes in annual cycles, we are hampered in making the necessary two-year commitment to our clients .

To help us address this need, we are honored to have received a $40,000 challenge gift from the Sandy River Charitable Foundation. The challenge means they will match 1:1 up to $40,000 in gifts, for a total of $80,000. We’ve already raised $25,000 -- so your gift will help us raise the final $15,000

Please join our campaign with a gift today.

Making a two-year gift will have an even greater impact and empower us to make two-year commitments to our clients. 

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about The Carrot Project or Ready to Grow. 

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