A loan of $2,500 helped purchase seedling inputs and hire extra labor so that I can start selling organically grown non-GMO, open-pollinated, and heirloom seedlings from our Amish-built greenhouse.

Pam's story

I grew up across the street from an old farm in an otherwise suburban town in southern New Hampshire. I have fond late-summer memories of canning "drop" peaches from the orchard with my grandmother, but unfortunately, the farm died with the childless couple that owned it. I went to college in Washington, DC, spent my junior year in France, and enjoyed the multicultural society around the Capitol Beltway for several years after graduation. Feeling that something was missing from my life, I returned to NH--and four distinct seasons!--in 1998. I sowed seeds, planted a backyard garden, and purchased a canning pot and mason jars to preserve my own tomatoes and salsa. Two years later, a health scare put me on the path to discovering Real Food. I became increasingly interested in homegrown food, farmers, traditional diets, local food networks, and “lost” food-related knowledge (i.e., gardening, cooking from scratch, preserving, and seed saving).

Even though a farm seemed like a good fit for me, I lived on only 0.17 acres for 15 years. A few years ago, my partner and I began raising meat rabbits for ourselves in the garage. We sold most of our harvest to a local chef who would have bought many times our limited production. Convinced that we were capable of raising a lot more wonderful food, we started looking for a farm property. Our search ended in New York's Mohawk Valley, where we purchased a former Amish dairy farm last year and are raising animals for eggs and meat with humane, sustainable, and biologically appropriate methods. We are creating a diversified farm different from those around us: lush pastures, heritage breeds, seasonal enterprises, and no GMOs or Roundup.

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About Abundance Acres Farm

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: <6 months


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