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How You Can Invest in SlowMoneyFarm Agriculture

February 15, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s just a few ways we here at SlowMoneyFarm look at investment opportunities for the right kind of direct investor. And a bonus is these are open to smaller investors. I see so many that request million dollar investments, and many folks don’t have that but are interested in getting a piece of the agriculture pie.

1. Small project investments – these typically are a small amount of money for a short amount of time for a specific purpose. It might be for a shed or seed – and may run from $500 to $3,000 at 8-10% interest. This is typically a short return – a month or so, perhaps up to a year. These typically are those “want of a nail” issues that we need to take care of before the shoe, the horse or the rider is lost. They don’t come up often, but can be profitable for those in the right place at the right time.

2. Site launch investments – we’re working on a few things including SmallFarmCoOp.com – this is flexible in that it could be a small project investment, or could be splitting the proceeds of the site for a certain length of time.

3. Sometimes it’s not about money alone, but about access and choices. Our Operation Diversity personal crowdsourcing gets you items and resources back, not monetary. This starts at $10 and is, admittedly, not something everyone is interested in. It supports our goals while creating a demand for those goals as repayment. Options in food, options in life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA4. Larger investment pools. One of these options is getting a group of investors to ‘finance’ the land for our expansion. For example we might talk with five people that have a $20,000 amount they want to invest in agriculture. We purchase land with the funds and pay back with the income from the land/expansion that this affords. This can be at a lower interest rate than the small projects, but probably higher than some other investments afford. Being a larger amount, this is a longer term as well, but growing the return as it works.

5. Invest an acre. This is something we talked about with an investment friend, and are working on the details of. Each person has the same input – for example, $10,000 – and one acre. What is grown or produced on that acre for an agreed on time is split. This might be a one year return, it might be more depending on what is agreed on for your acre. There’s an obvious difference between an acre of produce, an acre with pigs and an acre with a cow. You get a return that may be more than your investment, or may be the investment and interest – this is the most involved option. With time spent on the acre it may qualify for agriculture tax exemptions, but that’s something for an accountant to know the details of.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA6. Priceless investments – our disaster timeshares can go beyond just financial. Having a place to go in emergency situations – personal or public – is often a big part of rebuilding. Many have forgotten the people in Illinois who just before Thanksgiving sustained tornado sized life rearrangement. If you’ve looked at the weather this winter, bitter cold, lots of snow in a “good old fashioned winter” is an interruption for many, but when rebuilding your life it’s a real trial. Having a place to go in case of such disasters can be huge. In these the repayment is use, with some options of cashout investments in 5 years.

These are just a few out of the box ideas for investors looking at a different kind of investment. Of course, we’re not the only small farm out there – many are out here coast to coast and border to border. Some may be more reliable than others.

If interested contact us now. Spring is when things are happening that lay out the rest of the year. Be it ordering birds, seed, breeding and other activities, this is the time of year for kickoff.

Contact us for openings/details now.

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