Total loan: $10,000
Waldoboro, ME, United States / Agriculture
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My name is Christelle, and I grew up in a small town in New York where I adored my pets but had no actual experience farming. When it was time for college, my love for animals sent me to Cornell to pursue a veterinary degree. After repeatedly fainting at the sight of blood, I knew I had to switch gears. I moved to Oregon and received my Masters in Education and became a teacher. In Oregon, I met my husband and we became farmhands on a goat and cattle farm. We fell in love with the mischievous goats and immediately knew that goat farming was in our future. We loaded up a livestock trailer with 28 goats, 8 chickens, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a chameleon, and moved to Maine in 2014 to begin our farming adventure, and so that I could be closer to family. I am motivated by my love for the goats, and the lifestyle and environment farming provides for our son. We are currently the only Animal Welfare Approved Goat Dairy in the state of Maine, which shows how much love and care we provide for our herd. Goat health and happiness are at the center of any decisions we make for the farm. We also welcomed our son in 2018 (and have a daughter on the way, due March 2021), which has greatly motivated me to grow the business to a point where we can be home to raise our children, so that they may have a full childhood surrounded by animals and nature.