Farmer Community & Qualifications
Does Steward work with beginning farmers and ranchers?
How does Steward assess animal welfare in farming projects?
Why partner with Steward versus raising capital independently?
What does the Steward loan process involve?
How does Steward define sustainable and regenerative agriculture?
What kind of agriculture businesses does Steward work with?
Am I eligible for a Steward loan?
Can I use a Steward loan to purchase land?
Using The Steward Platform
Using Steward: Application Process
About Project Pages
What identity verification documents do I need?
Verify your business with Steward's payment facilitator
What should I include in my Farm Page?
Using Steward: Live Project
How does Lender Checkout Work?
What happens when a project successfully meets its loan amount?
How do I find anchor lenders to participate in my loan?
What is the point of the private raise period?
Using Steward: Growth & Repayments
Farmer Educational Resources
Education: Farm Finance
Education: Become a Marketing Master
Receiving a commercial loan from Steward - FAQs
FAQ Participated Loans - Borrowers
How is tax handled for my loan participation?
Payment Profile Creation - Errors and Solutions
Why did my transaction fail?
How does Lender Checkout work?
How much can I lend to a project?
What is Dwolla?
What lender opportunities are available with Steward?
What transaction methods are available when participating in a loan?
What are the fees for lenders?
Why is personal information required in order to handle payment on Steward?
Why is my transaction still pending?
Your Steward Wallet
Steward Regenerative Capital
Understanding your Steward Regenerative Capital loan
What is Steward Regenerative Capital?
How to request an early withdrawal of your Regenerative Capital loan
FAQ Participated Loans - Lenders
Updated by Steward Team
Farmers, ranchers, fisheries, and agriculture businesses practicing sustainable and regenerative agriculture, and who produce or raise food, commodities, or other products of high economic importance for direct sale. Steward loans fund projects that are:
- Regenerative — farming practices that increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watershed health, sequester more carbon than they release, and enhance ecosystem services.
- Sustainable — farming approaches that sustain farmers, resources, and communities.
- Appropriate — farming approaches that are fitting for a specific community, location, or operation.
- Equitable — farming systems and businesses that support marginalized groups and empower underserved communities.
Steward supports agriculture in many forms and is committed to ensuring local communities can meet their basic needs. As a policy, Steward prioritizes funding food production. Secondary priorities include medicine, fuel, and fiber. Recreational or ornamental crops are less viable for Steward loans, however, this isn’t to say that Steward won’t fund sustainable flower farms or native plant nurseries. Instead, this indicates that when funds or staff capacity are limited, resources will be allocated to higher priority crops and production systems.