Total loan: $10,000


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Tomales, CA, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped buy seeds, purchase supplies for a greenhouse, rent implements, put up a deer fence, buy delivery supplies, build a wash station, buy seeds, and gain working capital for the farm.

Eliza's story

Growing up in Eastern Massachusetts, I always felt connected to nature, the change of the seasons and being outside. When I was fifteen, I worked on a farm for the first time and immediately started dreaming of a future when I would run my own farm. This passion has sustained me through adolescence, college and into my adult years and propelled me  across the country, finally settling me in Northern California's lush farmlands. Over the last 14 years, I have worked for a wide range of sustainable vegetable farms, each with an individual approach to growing healthy food while caring for the land, the soil and the ecosystem. I have learned from tried and true CSA models on the east coast such as Brookfield Farm, The Food Project and Land's Sake Farm as well as west coast farms like Green String Farm/Cannard Farm, which produce for high end restaurants such as Chez Panisse.  I finally have the opportunity to start my own farm on grazeland in Marin county with the support of my friend and landlord Guido Frosini of True Grass Farms. I am thrilled at the chance to do this work on my own terms, and implement the knowledge I have gained.  My twin passion is painting, and the two often overlap, as many of my recent painting series have explored my relationship to land and agriculture. Selections from my most recent series were featured in the Harvard Graduate Journal of Food Studies and showed at the Laconia Gallery in Boston, after which I was able to sell some paintings. I aim to create opportunity for financial success in a similar vein as I build Murphy Bed Farm.  The help of this Kiva loan combined with my hard work will make Murphy Bed Farm flourish. I will be able to realize my dream to feed and supply my local community with the best vegetables and flowers possible. In the near future I intend to include my third (and nearly equal) passion of  teaching children, by creating a program for Bay Area teenagers, showing them how to farm and the importance of taking care of our land. With your help, I will begin a sustainable farm business that will in turn build and bolster community through good food and consciousness of place.