Total loan: $10,000
Ipswich, MA, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped purchase a mobile greenhouse to extend my growing season.
My love of food and farming started in my first year when my mother and father would bring me into the garden, set me among the tomatoes and flowers and go off to do their work. My passion for food and the outdoors continued growing throughout my childhood and adolescence. While at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Ma I studied Sustainable Development with a focus on agriculture. I was most interested in examining the effects of healthy food systems on communities in developing nations. I was privileged to travel and meet with farmers in Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico and Guatemala to discuss agricultural issues such as Fair Trade policy, women in farming and organic practices. In 2007 I was back where I grew up farming full-time. By the Fall of 2009 my desire to start my own farm on my family's land was too strong to ignore. Plough in the Stars Farm was created the Spring of 2010. Feeding my community with food they can trust has brought great joy into my life and I hope to continue on this path for many years.