A loan of $10,000 helped purchase sweet potato harvesting and packing equipment that will allow us to increase the efficiency and profitability of our sweet potato production.

Benjamin's story

Growing up in Frankfort, Kentucky my family didn't have a farm, but we had close friends that did. My favorite childhood memories are of afternoons spent planting and picking vegetables with my brothers, mom, and dad, often to be followed up by snapping green beans on our porch. The seeds of my farming future were planted there and they drove me to to work on farms in high school and college and to study sustainable agriculture at the University of Kentucky.

After I graduated I spent a year working at a local organic farm and then was hired as the Organic Farm Manager at the University of Kentucky's research farm. In 2010 I decided I was serious about my dream to make my living from farming and started my own farm business. In the spring of 2013 I took a leap of faith and left my job at the university to begin farming full-time and dedicate myself fully to building the business.

I am committed not only to making our farm succeed, but to helping other beginning farmers in Kentucky access the land, capital, and technical resources they need to build the next generation of farmers in our state. For the past ten years I've worked with a local non-profit, Community Farm Alliance, and was elected as board president this year. My experience with CFA and the university has helped me to understand that to build a sustainable food and farm economy we have to work not only for the success of our individual businesses but for the whole movement. My goal is to build a farm that can sustain our family and employees and serve as a model for other Kentucky farms.

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About Rootbound Farm

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: 3 years - 5 years


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