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Total loan: $10,000


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Rougemont, NC, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped to pay for moving costs, animal feed and animal care.

Dave's story

My name is Dave Artigues, and I own and operate Elodie Farms in Rougemont, North Carolina. Before becoming a farmer, I was a Master's level clinician in the psychiatric wards of Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Sixteen years ago, I left my job at Duke to raise my boys in a rural setting. I taught myself how to make goat's cheese and built a business that serves as not only as a source of delicious, local cheese to the Durham Farmer's Market, and local restaurants, it is also a hub for agritourism events. Weddings, "Porch Dinners", school tours, cheese classes, and even a summer camp (where children learn where their food comes from), are a great way to share the farm experience for those who long to reconnect to our agricultural roots. My boys are now grown, my business has both benefited, as well as contributed to my community, and I am ready to move forward. My dream is to combine my life skills of healer and farmer to work with The Barklay School in Ridgeway, South Carolina. Barklay is a small farm school for children with Autism and other learning disabilities. I will be a resident farmer/teacher for the students, teaching all aspects of animal husbandry, cheese making, and life skills in a beautiful, rural , and thereputic setting. I could write pages more, but space is so limited. Thanks for your time!