Total loan: $8,500
Woodsboro, MD, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped build a heated hoophouse on my farm for seedlings and year-round microgreens.
I first started growing vegetables when I was pregnant with my first child because I read that arugula helped baby brain development. I grew loads of arugula and a few tomatoes on my apartment balcony and quickly fell in love with growing food. My vegetable garden grew and GREW over the next 2 years and in 2011 I decided to take the leap and start my own farm at age 25 with 2 babies under age 2. My name is Emma Jagoz, and I started Moon Valley Farm in the suburbs of Baltimore, MD where I grew up. We grew vegetables for a small Community-Supported Agriculture program serving just 15 members the first season and have grown steadily ever since, adding more acres and members each season. Without owning land and with very limited financial resources, I decided to barter land from my neighbors and did a LOT of DIY projects to bootstrap the operation. My favorite parts of farming are the parts I didn’t realize at first were part of the job: like mechanics and construction. I have always wanted to own my own business and couldn’t think of a better one to dedicate my life to, as I now love everything about farming, from driving tractors, to walking the fields, to identifying insects, to sharing food and recipe ideas with my community members. My favorite moments are showing kids how to harvest and eat veggies straight from the field, like watching them pull up a fresh carrot and proudly studying it with wonder and joy before taking a big bite.