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Total loan: $10,000

John

Traverse City, MI, United States / Agriculture

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A loan helped us purchase equipment to expand our wash pack and increase efficiency.


John's story

We are young farmers that met traveling in South America and quickly discovered our shared passions for good food, community, and traveling! Our love for northern Michigan and passion for farming has drawn us back to Traverse City where we’ve been working hard to build our farm and homestead together since 2017. When not on the farm, Bailey works for MI Farm Coop, a farmer-owned cooperative in northern Michigan. She feels deeply connected in the community and strives to grow a strong, resilient local food community for future generations to come. With a Bachelor's Degree in Business, her skills bring organization and structure to the farm. John developed a passion as a child for gardening, working outside, and manual labor. He has a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a Bachelor's Degree in Sustainable and Organic Horticulture from Michigan State University. He began his farming career when he founded Spirit of Walloon Market Garden in 2013 in Boyne City, MI. He has since transitioned out of ownership of Spirit of Walloon. We both share a passion for growing heathy, local food, and building a sustainable business model that provides employment opportunities for other young farmers in our community.