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Total loan: $10,000

Millard

Burlington, KY, United States / Food

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A loan helped empower farmers and reduce food waste by creating frozen products from surplus produce before it expires.


Millard's story

As a boy growing up in Mississippi I recall meeting Honey Bee Hendrix, a local beekeeper who was shipping a "package" of bees at the Post Office. Honey Bee explained to me that 3 pounds of bees and a queen bee could be mailed to other beekeepers by the Post Office. Meeting Honey Bee sparked my interest in beekeeping. So, after leaving the food processing corporate world in 1998, I began keeping bees on our farm in Burlington, Kentucky. I expanded our apiary to 2,000 colonies over the next few years and had bees on other farms in 6 counties in Northern Kentucky. Disaster struck in 2001 and 2002. Disease and drought wiped out our bees. With the bees gone, I searched for another way to combine my work experience with my love for food and agriculture. With my family’s help, I decided to use the knowledge gained in my career with food processing companies to build a business focused on making value added food products from the surplus produce grown by local farmers. Today KHI Foods produces salsa, marinara sauce, ketchup, relishes and other value-added products from locally-gown produce that would otherwise go to waste in the field. We are most proud of our service to the family farmers of Kentucky. We hope that by purchasing their surplus produce that we can increase their revenue streams to allow them to work and stay on the farm.