Total loan: $2,000
Lansing, MI, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped a modern farmer to construct passive solar hoophouse to allow year-round, sustainable vegetable production, and install a hydrant to allow consistent access to potable water for irrigation and washing crops.
I grew up on a family dairy farm in Southeastern Michigan. I have fond memories of helping my family with the farm, and of starting vegetable gardens with help of my dad. GRowing up surrounded by life and nature had a huge impact on me. When I was twelve, my family's farm went out of business. We kept the land to lease to another farmer but suddenly the once lively barnyard and pastures were empty. This loss is what really me realize how important farm life was to me, and that farming is something I wanted to do myself. In college, I found the Michigan State University's Student Organic Farm. I worked as crew there for 3 years, and it's there that I learned most of what I now know about diversified, 4-season vegetable production in Michigan. I was also privileged to spend 3 months in the Peruvian Andes studying native potato production. I later worked on an organic goat dairy farm in the south of France, and toured many innovative community-based food businesses and studied the French concept of Terroir (food branding based on location). In my junior year I was selected to represent MSU in an international student summit of environment and agriculture, and toured many exciting small-scale sustainable farm systems in Japan. These experiences, alongside cooperative living and a domestic hitchhiking trip across the US, really helped to shape my sense of self, community, and my ethical goals around how I wanted to live my life. I feel our society is in a fragile place right now, with social and climate change heading us into a tumultuous period. Building community resilience and promoting social and environmental justice are very important to me. Farming, to me, is a way of honoring these goals while supporting my family