Whole Foods pledges $10 million to family farm loan program

03/23/2007 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Whole Foods Market hopes to boost the number of locally grown organic food sources for its Midwestern stores through a program that offers loans to family farmers and artisanal producers. The food retail giant will lend up to $10 million nationwide to farmers "who are looking to expand production or move into this kind of niche," said Jim Slama, president of Sustain, the nonprofit organization that will administer the program in the Midwest.

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