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Total loan: $7,000


Shafer, MN, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped Extend the growing season with a passive solar greenhouse and expand our long term capital and goals.

Andrew's story

Our story is like many other young farmers. We didn't plan on farming, but it certainly became our passion. An engulfing lifestyle and an honor to serve our members and customers. And some days, a love/hate relationship with this farm and this career. Farming is not glamorous, but it keeps us humble every day. We do good, honest work that reinvigorates the view on our neighborhood road, keeps the water clean and helps re-wild the landscape. Both Andrew and I went to school to pursue the arts. He, with photography, and I with Printmaking and graphic design. Each brings an interesting perspective to how we arrange and manage our farm, market stand, and CSA. Each taught us that if we wanted to be Fine Artists out in the world, we would have to be tenacious, use a lot of our energy to network and promote ourselves and sell our own product. If that isn't a start to an entrepreneurial lifetsyle then I'm not sure what it is. With all of our combined life experiences, it's practically obvious- on paper- we were meant to be here, on a farm, pursuing a career as vegetable farmers. Serving others by growing food and creating a healthful landscape. Doing our best to be a tiny droplet, creating ripples in a vast pool. We're here and we plan on keeping it up. The winter greenhouse will help us show others that they can be successful farmers, they can diversify their business by creating a similar structure. We can impact lives and make a tiny dent in all that California produce that gets trucked in. We can inspire others, but only with your generosity.