Total loan: $10,000
Jackson, MI, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped build a hoophouse to extend our growing season and ability to offer healthy local food to our community.
Growing our business and homestead is a dream for our family. Both my husband, Brent, and I enjoyed farming several years before we meet in 2012. Brent’s interest for growing food started when living in Peoria, IL, where he grew up. He hated watching the “waste” generated from restaurants. He began working with a friend who owned a popular restaurant in town and built a vermi-compost bin, which soon turned into a ¼ acre urban farm he built and maintained. In 2010 I moved to the Dahelm Ecology farm in Jackson. We were lucky to have amazing resources in our own backyard. We rented space in the hoophouses and farmed in the ½ acre plot outside our home. In 2014 I was hired as vegetable farm manager for Robin Hills Farm. It was here I was able to really get my hands dirty. The 130 acre space was purchased to build an eco-destination farm. I had a 6 acre untouched plot where I was able to build a beautiful production farm, complete with 2 30x144 hoophouses, wash-pack barn, perennial labyrinth, 4 fully drip-irrigated fields, and 10’ deer fencing. I managed crews of 2-10 people and we sold to markets, restaurants, and through our CSA. In 2016 Brent and I purchased 38 acres of beautiful rolling hills in Grass Lake, MI with the dream of establishing our own restorative, regenerative farm managed under the principles of Alan Savory’s Holistic Management, and the teachings of Mark Shepard and Ben Falk. We hope to develop our farm along the principles of sustainable permanent agriculture which isn’t just about doing less bad, but affirmatively doing good and making a profit. We appreciate the triple bottom line of boosting people, the planet, and our pocketbooks.