Dan Miller’s motivation to make a difference in agriculture not only stems from his mother’s family farm in the Chesapeake Bay, but also an unconventional source: Washington, D.C., real estate.

While renovating properties and leasing buildings to young chefs in the city, Miller began to meet the local farmers those chefs were buying product from. He noticed a problem.

“I was amazed that the farmers selling to the chefs really had trouble accessing capital. Smaller-scale diversified sustainable operations don’t fit the normal, large-commodity model. The traditional roots of finance weren’t available to them, so it seemed that even though people really wanted their products, there was a gap with funding,” Miller recalls.

Steward, launched in 2016, is Miller’s solution to fill the gap. 

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