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Total loan: $10,000

Sarah

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Florence, MT, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped me to establish our small diversified farm, strengthening our local food system now.


Sarah's story

I was raised in the mountains of Eastern Washington where I cultivated a love of the outdoors through time spent climbing trees and running through the forests behind my home. Later, as a college student in Bellingham Washington I was immersed in a community that valued local agriculture and healthy food systems, and because of that spent many hours gardening in my own backyard where I found peace and enjoyment in the work of growing my own food. After college, wanting to further this pursuit, I headed to North Idaho to work as an organic farm apprentice on Killarney farm, an off-grid diversified fruit and vegetable operation, where I really fell in love with farming, not just as a job but as a lifestyle. For the next five years I balanced my farm apprenticeship with nursing school, started my nursing career, and kept small gardens everywhere I lived. During this time, I was introduced to my husband Joe through our friend who owned a goat dairy; he had taken a year off from his career working in geospatial analysis to apprentice on an organic farm in a neighboring town. We began to dream about owning a small farm together. Joe’s return to his career brought us to Missoula, Montana where I took a position as a nurse and together we saved money, purchased farmland and worked towards building infrastructure to begin our own diversified small farm. I never thought that my nursing and farming careers would intersect but I’ve been able to work within my hospital to expand support for local and sustainable agriculture while preparing to farm our own land using regenerative farming techniques. After nearly 10 years of preparation I am thrilled to be in the start-up phase for our farm.