The financial model put forth by Slow Money Farm is a bit different. Today's economic climate is, in the eyes of many, unstable. Taxes are charged not only at the state level but increasingly at the federal level, especially on those considered "rich".
The idea of directly dealing with customers to finance a farm, without a bank input, raises eyebrows. It puts a direct link between the farm and their market - you!
The memberships go directly for purchase of land, expansions and operating expenses. Because many of the rare breeds are dangerously low in numbers (some under 600) the push to get them on land is important.
Suitable land has come up but we lacked the money on the table sign ups to make it happen. We hear "when you get to Kentucky we'll sign up" but we need the signup in order to get to Kentucky! A slow money concept loan or membership insures being able to move forward. This will only be open to a limited number of people, as it keeps us from overextending the land as well as time and finances.
This also keeps your money safer. While any investment is a risk, by investing in Slow Money Farm you know one thing: no matter what the markets do you will have food. Fresh food, grown for you without relying on commodity handouts. The land is there - it cannot be moved and hidden as might a car or other item. You'll know what your investment goes for because you will see it, and payment from the growth of the farm.
Further it begins things you can't find in major stores. Edible flowers, heritage meats and learning about food production. Sponsor a tree also goes to the land - obviously trees need the land to grow. This is a living and productive memorial option for those wanting to support the farm but too far away to do food.
Sponsoring a poultry breed is something that, due to the growth needed to be a part of the farm, would start immediately where we are. This covers purchase of day old birds, shipping and raising them so when we do get more land they are established and ready to go.
If you're outside the local area consider a book or calendar to support the startup process!