Total loan: $5,000


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Bowdoinham, ME, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped buy supplies and equipment to start my organic farm.

Sean's story

I grew up in San Francisco never giving much thought to where my food came from. I was very much a city kid, loved the asphalt and the urban activity. However, in college my two areas of study - international relations and visual art - had unanticipated impacts on me finding a profession that I never would have imagined when I was young. After graduation, I went with a friend to Hawaii on a whim to volunteer on an organic farm. Here was work that had the very impact on society I had been searching for in all my study of broad-level political and economic theory - to make communities better - and it was so much more tangible. I could grow something, harvest it, and know that it was going onto someone's table. It was healthy. It was also work that embodied the act of creating I had found so rewarding with visual art (however fleeting at times on a farm). It took me two years after that trip to commit to the idea that I could pursue farming as a profession; I took an apprenticeship on a nonprofit organic farm in Sacramento that focused on youth education and food access for low-income communities. The plan was to stay a year, then move on and learn from a new farm. I stayed for five, and left having had the opportunity to manage a fantastic farm that continues to do great work. But the placed-based nature of farming - that it is so tied to the location one chooses to farm in, is an idea that left me searching for the land and community that truly felt like home. that search landed me on the coast of Maine, with a piece of land I've named Left Field Farm.