Plainsong Farm is both a low-profit limited liability company and a non-profit ministry.
Yes, this makes our accounting complicated, but it was the clearest path for us to meet our goals.
As part of our pre-launch phase we received (great! free!) consulting from Farm Commons, a legal advisory group specializing in small-scale sustainable agriculture. They recommended that since sale of farm produce is not tax-exempt, our Community Supported Agriculture farm should be a for-profit corporation. They also recommended that our faith and food ministry be initially undertaken with the sponsorship of an existing non-profit religious entity.
We followed their recommendations. Because the State of Michigan has a special business category for social entrepreneurs, we used the L3C designation to create a low-profit limited liability company. This holds the farm property and sells farm produce and other tangible goods. We also sought and created a relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. As a ministry of the diocese we can receive tax-exempt contributions which support our faith and food ministries.