With the Watershed Fund, what we are finding as we connect the social and economic networks in our food system, that mutuality is what will make this work, if it does.
We are looking at an emergency fund. And when you launch into pooling and sharing risk, as seems to make sense here, for the farmers and their social ecosystem, a mutual insurance like structure seems to come into focus as being needed.
And to some of the more enviromentally focused members of our founding tea, it’s clear they are really intereted in could helping building the thing that could be a collective local climate change response risk reduction solution.
Market acceptance has been wildly good; the local farm support non profit says he knows of 20 farms that need our capital now who can’t get the money they need from existing funders.