A loan of $5,000 helped pay for the supplies and equipment necessary to create high-quality, Alaska grown, added-value cottage foods and goods.

Lacey's story

Like many who live in Alaska, I was not born here. I was drawn to Northern lands by childhood stories. My childhood was spent in both the urban city and rural farm settings of Washington State. Regardless of my geographical position I could always be found outside, be it up a tree, tunneling through blackberry brambles, exploring swamps, or running wild through farm fields and Cascade Mountain wilderness.

By the age of 9 or 10 I was very preoccupied with how I could make a living from the land. Time spent on my grandparent's berry farm helped me develop a true sense of appreciation for the old ways during the Great Depression. Helping them gave me a strong work ethic and self-discipline, and encouraged my love and passion for animals, the wilderness, and farming.

Although I did not graduate high school, I did well when I entered college because I already knew how to work hard and apply myself. I understood self sacrifice. I lived with my grandmother on her berry farm and charged myself with its upkeep and maintenance while I put myself through school studying the environmental sciences and later wildlife biology. I planted and harvested, pruned and weeded. I became an ornithologist. I also met the love of my life.

I eventually followed my childhood dream of moving to Alaska. My husband and I both work hard to keep our knowledge of farming and sustainability current, educating ourselves by reading and attending local classes on farming and food preservation. We live with the dreams and goal of becoming a small, sustainable, biodynamic farm serving our farmer's market and local grocery stores.

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About Sunflower Borealis

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: New Business


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