Total loan: $15,000
Tacoma, WA, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped our black-owned urban family farm purchase licenses, equipment, & seeds to expand.
I quit my job in 2013 shortly after the birth of my oldest daughter. My husband, who is a veteran of the military and I couldn't afford childcare for a newborn; it was cheaper for me to stay at home. As time progressed we welcomed our youngest daughter into the world. Fast-forward to 2019, I was finally coming out of a post-pardon depressive period and had a greater sense of self. With the children becoming more independent I figured it was time to go back to work... except no one would hire me. I knew creating my own business would be the answer. I remembered that gardening helped during my darkest days. In 2020, I enrolled in a farming internship that quickly shifted to online because of COVID. Even with the pandemic fears, I decided to focus on microgreens as my first crop. I started Baby Chavs! The name is a family inside joke, it's our family rap name (we're not rappers) and a nod to the children's years of early development and our love for music. What motivates me to keep pushing through all the ups and downs are my children and also my community. I love the idea that anyone can be a farmer and grow anywhere. Eventually, I hope to teach urban/indoor gardening to people and children living in food deserts or with limited access to growing areas.