Total loan: $10,000
Victor, MT, United States / Agriculture
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The Tucker's started Tucker Family Farm in order to address the problems in conventional food systems. Tyler and Kendra moved to Germany in the fall of 2010 to train with Franz and Ruth at Die Grune Ecke farm. This time in Germany cemented their desire to farm. It was also a crucial learning experience for how animals and food could be raised and prepared. The Tucker's wanted to create something similar for the Montana community: a diverse farm, capable of sustaining itself with very limited external input. Tyler and Kendra, with Tyler's parents, purchased 84 acres in the spring of 2012 to start that dream. After arduous years of converting raw land into an operation farmstead sheep milk creamery, I joined the farm in August of 2015. I started as a milker, after leaving a much different career path working in global supply chain management. While my work was challenging and exciting, I felt the need to create something with my hands which led me to Tucker Family Farm. I didn't know anything about dairying, but I set my mind to learn as much as I could. While spending time with the sheep is so wonderful, it was learning about the process of turning milk into cheese that really connected with me. My one month stay turned into 3 months and now over 3 years as I have become the Head Cheesemaker and Creamery Manager. My dream for the future is that we develop into a multi-faceted enterprise that supports our expanding farmstead creamery operation. I want to help grow our community to proliferate local food to more people in Montana. I also dream of developing a cheese that is truly unique and reflective of the Bitterroot Valley to share with the rest of the cheese-loving world.