HMI CEO Peter Holter recently attended the first annual “Friendraiser”, hosted by California-based Kitchen Table Advisors – a non-profit organization that helps sustainable farms become sustainable businesses. Over 70 agricultural leaders and friends of farming showed up for a delicious Sunday brunch
and dialog in San Francisco’s Stable Café to discuss the economic realities of sustainable small farming, and share solutions on how the next generation of sustainable small farms can serve as the foundation of stronger and healthier regional food systems.
KTA was founded by Anthony Chang, who serves as Executive Director, and also serves as Director of Lending for California FarmLink, and has served on the Palo Alto Farmers’ Market Board. With an initial portfolio of 10 farms on California’s Central Coast, in the East Bay, and in the North Bay, Kitchen Table Advisors provides one-on-one business and financial guidance to a new generation of farmers.
Holter, who sits on the Advisory Board of KTA, says, “Kitchen Table Advisors is an extremely effective “boots on the ground” organization, helping small farmers and ranchers deal with the often challenging issues of financial sustainability. There is a natural
synergy with our work at HMI, where we provide the vital link between land and food by training farmers and ranchers in Holistic Management sustainable business and production practices so they can stay in business and thrive.”