February / 2016

Fair Food Fund

In 2012, The John Merck Fund Board made a $425,000 investment in the Fair Food Network’s Fair Food Fund-Northeast. The Fund was established to help fill the financing gap that many smaller-scale sustainable farmers, food hubs, processors, distributors and other food entrepreneurs face as they seek to grow their businesses. The Fair Food Fund provides financing and business assistance to food enterprises in the Northeast that connect small and mid-size farms with markets for local, sustainably grown food. Through associated business development technical assistance services, Fair Food Fund-Northeast is also helping to build a pipeline of investment-ready enterprises and providing a vehicle for funders looking to make a meaningful difference in the region’s food system. To date, the Fund has raised over $5 million in committed funds and provided financing to New England-based businesses Northern Girl, DAHlicious, and the Urban Farm Fermentory.