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Total loan: $10,000

Adrienne

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Thorndike, ME, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped to purchase farm equipment that will help grow our farm business to be more economically resilient.


Adrienne's story

Adrienne and Ken have a shared history of a love of the land, a desire to do good work that nourishes communities, and the entrepreneurial sprit and drive it takes to build a farm business from the ground up. Adrienne has been working her way from apprentice to farmer in Maine over the past 14 years. Coming home to Maine after studying Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture at the University of California at Santa Cruz she apprenticed and worked on farms across Maine before starting New Beat Farm with Ken in 2008. Ken grew up milking cows, stacking hay and running wild on several Maine dairy farms. After college and ten years “away”, he returned to Maine and met Adrienne who introduced him to vegetable farming. After an apprenticeship at a horse-powered veggie farm he knew horses had to be a part of his future. Ken’s favorite place to be on the farm in behind a team of horses and a plow. As our farm business comes into it's 10th season we are confidently in our abilities to have a productive farm business, have great relationships with our customers and now are focused on making sure we have the economic viability and personal health to keep doing this for the rest of our lives.