Whole Foods loan program benefits local organic growers

Whole Foods Markets provides loans to local organic producers

Whole Foods Markets provides loans to local organic producers

Super-grocery Whole Foods – known for selling high quality natural and organic foods – has been in the business of making loans to small organic farmers since 2006.

The Whole Foods Market Local Producer Loan Program provides loans to small local producers who otherwise would have a tough time getting their products on shelves. A spokesperson for the company said they believe they are the only ones doing this.

The company’s first loans were awarded in 2007 and hit the $2.5 million mark in late May,  said Jenny Brown, the Local Producer Loan Program administrator. “Our commitment is to fund up to $10 million throughout the program,” Brown said from her office in Austin, Texas.

With so many small businesses going under or facing severe financial troubles with the current economy, it’s offers a bright ray of hope to see a company like Whole Foods stepping out to make a real difference. Small organic farmers are a vital link in keeping our food supply safe. It’s critical that they get the support they need to thrive.

For more information on the Whole Foods Loan program, go to http://3.ly/m1M.