Total loan: $6,000
Hamilton, MT, United States / Food
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A loan helped purchase fermentation equipment that will streamline production so that we can expand our market.
Food. It is something we all have in common. It’s one thing we can experience together, relate with one another, and share. I’m lucky to have come from a place where we weren’t short on food. As a child, and even more so now as an adult, I relished in our family food traditions; holiday meals with the whole family spending time preparing special dishes, the smell of sauce simmering on gram’s stove every Sunday, and that distinct but mysterious aroma wafting from gram’s spice cabinet. I loved learning to cook with my gram. However, I never would have thought I would be in the food business. I tended more towards loving nature. As a child I wanted to first be a veterinarian and then later on I realized I had a passion for not just animals but also for the environment. I went to college thinking I was going to “save the world”. I ended up with a degree in Environmental Science and began a career in environmental restoration, first travelling around the west planting trees and finally settling in Montana focusing on riparian restoration. All the while, something was always drawing me back to food; where it comes from, how we choose to consume it, its impact on the environment and our bodies. Being well nourished seems to make all the difference. Good food equals a good attitude. These realizations led me to start a value-added food business. Being a local value-added food producer is one small thing I can do to “save the world”; supporting my local food economy, helping to create a resilient community, and feeding people real food.