A loan of $10,000 helped bridge the gap between growing seasons.


Mark's story

I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in New Jersey. For most of my early life I didn't give one thought to where my food came from before it got to the super market. By the time I graduated from high school, I was ready to get as far away from my high school experience as I could, both geographically and institutionally. To achieve that, I went to school at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Evergreen doesn't have grades or majors, and while this doesn't work for some people it really worked for me. My focus was on Community Organizing and Education, and through this time I became more and more interested in learning about where my food came from. I was a member of the Olympia Food Co-op and spent a season in Maine working on a biodynamic farm.

In 2006 I moved back to Brooklyn. In between stints at a non-profit working with low-income housing, I worked as the Logistics Manager for Basis Farm to Chef, a distributor specializing in working with local farms. At this job my general interest in where my food comes from became a sharper focus on how the local food system really works. I saw that the transportation infrastructure needed to truly make local food sustainable didn't really exist. So, in 2012, I founded The Fresh Connection to help solve this problem.



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About The Fresh Connection

Industry: Services
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years
Website: thefreshconnectionnyc.com

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