The window for farmers and ranchers in South Central Colorado to apply for a 0% Interest Loan is now open. The Application in Spanish and English is available on the SOIL Sangre de Cristo website.
The deadline for submitting the loan applications is January 31, 2022. The loan application includes the matrix in which the vetting committee will judge the merits of each applicant based on regenerative farming practices and commitment to supporting others in our community. Awards will be voted on by the Investor Members of SOIL Sangre de Cristo on March 6, 2022.
SOIL Sangre de Cristo supports farmers, ranchers and other food producers in our region with 0% Interest Loans. Since the founding, SOIL Sangre de Cristo has loaned $20,000 to 3 farms and ranches in our region to support the local food economy and strengthen its resilience. Members of the community become investors by building the revolving loan fund to support this effort. Farmers and food producers can join SOIL for $25 annually. General memberships start at $250 per person and up, it includes a vote on loan distributions. The mission of SOIL Sangre de Cristo is to unite the communities of South-Central Colorado through direct support for local farmers, ranchers and food producers, improving food security, improvement in soil carbon and health for all residents.
Members in our communities want to see a diverse and resilient food chain. Thanks to their generous contributions the loan fund has grown substantially over time. All contributions are tax deductible and are matched 50% by the Mighty Arrow Family Foundation.