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Total loan: $7,200
Morrisonville, NY, United States / Agriculture
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Richard's loan finished fundraising,
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A loan helped this sustainable vineyard and winery finish off its tasting room expansion and host gatherings to support the community and grow the business.
Growing up as a child my parents used my middle name of Richard and it has stuck with me my hole life. I was raised on an old farm in Morrisonville, NY that had been in the family for a few generations. My parents did not farm so they rented it out to a couple dairy farms. One of them used the old dairy barn after they had a fire. I spent a lot of time following the farmer around and developed a love for animals and crops. He gave me a calf when I was around 12 and I raised it to a milk cow. The farmer moved on about that time but I kept the cow providing my family of six kids milk every day. I later worked for my uncle on his vegetable farm and earned enough money to put myself through Ag school at the State University of New York at Cobleskill. Upon graduation I began my own vegetable enterprise on the family farm. I worked for several years before marrying my wife of now almost 40 years. We have three boys that we have raised on the farm. I no longer raise vegetables switching over to grapes about ten years ago. We now have a vineyard of 8 acres and a NYS Farm Winery called Hid-In-Pines Vineyard. A bit over four years ago I was diagnosed with Follicular Lymphoma and began a two and half year battle to get it in check. I kept farming the whole time doing what I could as I got better. I am in remission now and hope to be for many years. I would like to live out the rest of my years on this same farm and bring the boys into the vineyard and winery.