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Total loan: $5,000

Sarah

Detroit, MI, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped buy the cooler and vehicle necessary for wholesale sales from my flower farm to really take off.


Sarah's story

I began my career in the world of food justice and agriculture in 2006. My first job was as an AmeriCorps member with FoodChange, an anti-hunger, pro-nutrition nonprofit in New York City. I coordinated EATWISE, a youth program where high schoolers led workshops for other young people about food systems, access, and nutrition. After two years with the youth program, I was inspired to dig deeper. I took a 6 month certificate in sustainable agriculture at one of the oldest organic training programs in the country, the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, in Santa Cruz CA. To continue to improve my skills, I spent the following two seasons working under extremely skilled farmers on the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, a ten acre farm in New York state. From there, I was asked to take a job as a farmer/educator with the Greening of Detroit. My husband Josh and I visited, and had a great time, and decided to make the move from New York to Michigan. For three years I worked for the nonprofits Greening of Detroit and Keep Growing Detroit, managing a large farm site and growing hundreds of thousands of transplants to distribute to the city’s gardeners through the Garden Resource Program. I honed my farm management skills, and also became deeply connected to the amazing, supportive, diverse, ingenious, and tenacious community of local growers here in Detroit. Since I began farming, I’ve been imagining the different scenarios for building my own farm: Country or City? Flowers or Vegetables? Farmers Market or Community Supported Agriculture? For the last 7 years, I’ve thought through the different possibilities, and experimented with different aspects of the choices through the jobs I’ve held. I knew I’d have a farm, but I didn’t know quite how it would come to be. My husband and I grew to love living in Detroit, and were so lucky to buy a house, surrounded by vacant lots, on the edge of Woodbridge. It’s here that I’m building our farm, and here that we’re putting down roots. I am so excited to grow flowers that make my neighbors happy, make my neighborhood fragrant and lovely, and help support my family.