Total loan: $10,000


Bowling Green, KY, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped build a commercial kitchen in order to offer consumers, schools, food pantries and restaurants access to conveniently prepared locally grown foods.

Michelle's story

Nathan and I met at Western Kentucky University where we both pursued degrees in agriculture. After college we were hired by the University of Kentucky to help tobacco farmers transition to fruit and vegetable production. We were given the hard task of helping families stay on their farms. Nathan grew up on a farm in Hart county Kentucky where he and his family grew corn, wheat, cattle and tobacco. Tobacco payed his way off the farm and into college so he could pursue a career. My great-great grandmother, Effie Annie Earls grew up in Metcalfe county growing most of her own food. In April 2013 we with out for children began farming full time, and we are currently growing fruits and vegetables, combining them with meat, milk, cheese, eggs and bread from other farms to provide a multi-farm Community Supported Agriculture program for 35 families. After several false starts we learned that relationships, gender roles, addictions to unhealthy foods, lack of faith and everyday distractions are the real obstacles to pursuing a life of purpose. We are currently purchasing additional acreage in South Central, Kentucky where we look forward to creating a stronger connection to the history of Kentucky farms and food. In addition, we will offer opportunities to beginning farmers, local food entrepreneurs and consumers looking for a stronger connection to the local food system. Nathan and I want to combine our love for Kentucky farms with the realization that our food system didn't get this way over night. With grace and patience we are working towards a healthier lifestyle for our own family and hope to do the same for others. Community organizing, public speaking, policy change and story telling is now weaved through our every day life on the farm as we work to create opportunities for new farmers, expand options for financial sustainability, collaborate with leaders and ensure that those who have suffered the most from our current food system find the support they need. We hope that our story will inspire you to find out where your history meets your calling and how you can follow the path that leads to more hope, peace and love.