Total loan: $10,000
Ballston Spa, NY, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped me to purchase a walk-in cooler, which will be used for year-round vegetable storage on my draft horse powered and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in upstate New York.
I began farming in 2006, and I began searching for my own farm in 2011. It took just under five years to find the right property, and to be able to access it securely and affordably. This is one of the greatest challenges to new farmers: finding and gaining secure access to farmland. It took me nearly five years to get here and I am so grateful for all of the help I’ve received along the way. My wife and I moved onto our new farm and home in May of 2015, our son was born in the early-1800s farmhouse one year later, and I have just begun accepting the farm’s first CSA Members as of 2017. Since we arrived at 35 Featherbed Lane, I have been put everything I have into this farm – repairing barns, purchasing equipment and livestock, improving soil quality, managing the farm’s habitats, networking, creating a vibrant website and in other ways preparing to run a sustainable farm business. I have four draft horses trained and ready, two greenhouses built, three acres that I have amended with compost and cover crops all to prepare for this year's vegetables. At Featherbed Lane Farm, I am striving to run a successful farm business that produces nutritious foods while also building healthy soils, caring for livestock, stewarding the entire farmscape, respecting and fairly compensating my employees, and fostering and supporting my community. I am excited for 2017, for the community of Members who are joining our farm and for the years to come. A loan from Kiva will help me a great deal. I am very appreciative of this opportunity.