Total loan: $6,000
Irma, WI, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped purchase a hoop house to establish a fruit and nut tree nursery.
My story begins as a proverbial seed planted a decade ago after embarking on a year-long community service project of helping people learn how to grow their own food by installing raised beds in backyards and planting community fruit and nut tree orchards in food desert neighborhoods in my hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After completing a Food Leadership program in 2012 and a Permaculture Design Certification in 2013, it has been a passion of mine to grow food for our family. This journey has made me realize the importance of community and how to build a sense of community by growing and sharing food. The passion that motivates our non-profit is the desire to empower individuals and communities, particularly those in disadvantaged socioeconomic areas where access to affordable healthy, fresh food is limited. Year after year our family’s garden grew as did the dreams we cultivated upon discovering the viable and simple solutions permaculture provides to people and to the planet. The vision I have for our non-profit is to teach permaculture and skill building and to share our passion for growing food. In 2018 our family purchased a small farm in northern Wisconsin. We want to share this space with our community and with groups and individuals who are interested in learning about permaculture, growing food, and building a more resilient food system for everyone. One of our goals is to donate and help plant five orchards per year to communities in need. The fruit and nut tree orchards will be planted in shared spaces where all community members will have access to the food that is grown. A hoop house high tunnel will enable us to establish a fruit and nut tree nursery on our farm. We will also use the hoop house as an educational space to teach permaculture. The short-term vision is to plant, grow, and share food and skill building with communities and establish an education program. The long-term vision is to build a resilient and robust food system within the communities of northern Wisconsin. “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” ― Bill Mollison