Richard Belanger, a manager at the Granada del Valle farm in Los Ojos, had been struggling to protect his spinach and lettuce crops from cruel weather and hungry varmints. He was frustrated with having to tell his client restaurateurs that he didn’t have enough inventory to meet their requests.
Reluctantly, he sought financial help from the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute (the local farmers market’s nonprofit sister) and its financial partner, the Permaculture Credit Union, a Santa Fe-based lender currently engaged in a capital drive that would allow it to expand its products and services to its 1,100 members in 45 states, about 20 percent of whom are in New Mexico.
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