A loan of $10,000 helped repeat Kiva borrower expand organic farm with larger greenhouse, more parking, and enhance farmers market presence.

Brian's story

I was born and raised in the suburbs where neighborhoods were named after the farms they replaced. My wife was born and raised in the cornfields of rural Indiana. A place where traffic jams consisted of tractors and combines. And in a county without a single traffic light.

We met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. One could say that after my first taste of the Midwest, something in my soul started to click. Maybe it was just the hunter-gatherer in me, but something about the idea of producing food for a living seemed to resonate. It wasn't clear at first, but let's just say that I went to Penn State intending to be a landscape architect, and graduated from PSU with honors in entomology, a 3.98 GPA, 3 full beehives in the backseat of my car and a farmer's tan.

Fast forward 5 years and we've been busy! Those three beehives in the backseat have turned into 45 beehives, and that farmer's tan is getting a bit more of a workout. We’ve established a model for productive, profitable farming on a small scale - and have taken every chance to share our knowledge with others. We are wrapping up a winter that saw us present over 20 farm/bee/business/marketing related workshops across the Midwest, 2 keynote addresses, and visit dozens of farms.

Our vision is to serve our community by producing year-round nourishment for the mind and body while participating in the growth and revitalization of an innovative agriculture-based economy that provides sustainable jobs, fresh opportunities, and inspires new markets for producers of all kinds. We are passionate in what we do, dream of a better tomorrow, and want nothing more than to create a world for our children that celebrates a creative, productive, and sustainable way of life.

This loan is special because:

It helps fund the expansion of the greenhouse and renovations to keep up with demand.

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About Bear Creek Organic Farm

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: 3 years - 5 years
Website: bearcreekorganicfarm.com


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