There is a need to rebuild and retool the food system as the emphasis turns to more local and regional approaches. There is an abundance of social capital to make this happen and more and more financial capital. Ron Phillips provides an overview of the various ways Maine’s food-production and processing enterprises are financed and the critical components needed for financing to be secured. Two small businesses are profiled: MOO Milk, an organic dairy cooperative, and Look’s Gourmet Food of Washington County.

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