Total loan: $10,000


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Monroe, ME, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped to launch our charcuterie enterprise, creating the best value for the pigs we care for.

Heide's story

We began our farm as a way to produce sustainable, nutritious, humanely raised food that we can feel good about eating and sharing with our community. I do not come from a family background in farming. I earned my BSN from UNH and have been an OB nurse, breastfeeding educator, nutritionist and finally a homeschooling mom. I came to farming from a deep seeded need to be a part of the cycle for the food I ate and fed to my family. I want a relationship with our food that is based on reciprocity and respect. I need to give back to the earth and the animals that produce our food, to be a part of the circle. I love the life that farming offers, there is no place I'd rather be than outside in the fields and woods. We don't come from a long line of farmers, but I hope we will be the first of many. In July of 2014, after 13 years of working in the corporate banking world, my husband Greg knew it was time to make a major change. By this time, just one year after we started, the farm had grown to full-time work, except Greg was still working off the farm full-time. After much deliberation we took the plunge and left the security of a paying job and focused our efforts into growing the farm together. Our goals are to create a sustainable and profitable farm for our family and our futures.