September 15, 2015

Tender Greens

Bend, Oregon

Tender Greens

Looking at Jessica's knowledge, industry connections and projections, Craft3 provided Tender Greens with a loan to move and grow. Craft3 supports businesses promoting a regional food system that strengthens ecological resilience and stimulates local economies.

Jessica Wilkinson is a chef and avid gardener. Working in several high-end farm-to-table restaurants along the west coast she developed a deep appreciation for the farmers that supply produce. Her business, Tender Greens, grows and distributes micro greens and edible flowers to 32 restaurants in central Oregon. Micro greens are the 7-14 day old seedling of any vegetable or herb. These are similar to their adult counterparts but with concentrated flavor, vitamins and minerals. Jessica grows everything hydroponically using organic and non-GMO seeds.

Jessica plans to expand into Salem, Eugene and Portland, all just a few hours away and with thriving restaurant scenes. To do this, Jessica needed to relocate her business. With just a year as owner of Tender Greens, her business was still considered a start-up, making it difficult for traditional lenders to help.

Looking at Jessica’s knowledge, industry connections and projections, Craft3 provided Tender Greens with a loan to move and grow.

Craft3 supports businesses promoting a regional food system that strengthens ecological resilience and stimulates local economies. Sustainable and local farming reduces the carbon footprint and improves management practices that result in less water pollution and chemical exposure for farm workers.

This loan was made possible with capital from the U.S. Treasury Small Business Lending Fund and an USDA B&I Loan Guarantee.