Total loan: $10,000
Hazel Park, MI, United States / Agriculture
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My name is Erica Aube, and I am a farmer. I didn't know farming would be my passion when I was younger; but as life's journey usually travels in zig-zags rather than straight lines, today I know with certainty that it is. There's a history of farming in my family; my great grandparents were farmers, but like many family's our farming history includes a pause- I am two generations removed from the farm. Raised in northern Michigan, I grew up enjoying the outdoors where I learned to appreciate nature early on. My family taught me to garden, and I pulled my fair share of weeds, but it wasn't until college that farming became an interest of mine. I moved to Detroit to study Fine Art at the College for Creative Studies. It was during this time in Detroit, I began growing my own garden, that I realized how much I loved growing food! Slowly, questions as to "Why?" local food was important came into focus for me. From my backyard to the city I lived in, I saw opportunity to improve our food system. This is when I began to see farming as a possibility. Since then, my passion for agriculture has grown. Over the past 5 years, I've had an amazing journey into farming that includes; workshops, volunteering on farms, working with youth, traveling across Michigan to gain experience and knowledge from other small farmers and graduating from Michigan State University's Student Organic Farm in 2014. I've learned direct marketing, farm stand management, grown acres of field crops, and tended hoop houses full of diversified vegetables, but most importantly, I've learned how to be a steward of the land. I now have a strong foundation of knowledge and experience and am ready to start my own farm.