A loan of $5,000 helped us purchase organic soil amendments, equipment, and tools to sustain our small-scale vegetable, flower, and herb farm through the start-up year so that we can continue to provide for our local community going forward.


Eva's story

I spent most of my childhood in the Caribbean climbing avocado and mango trees to pick their fruits and buying fresh fish and other delights at markets with my mother. When we moved back to the U.S., we were in a big city and shopping for our food became much more confusing. We didn't have space to have a garden, and were buying foods labeled "natural" and "organic" without really knowing what those labels entailed. In an effort to gain some clarity, I WWOOFed on a small-scale diversified farm one summer and learned to grow food for and in community. That experience showed me just how much there is to learn in the soil, and how deeply we connect with others through our food. This experience inspired me to pursue food and agriculture studies, and apprenticeships on all sorts of farms. My husband Patrick grew up in the South, and his family always kept a garden full of favorite vegetables and herbs used in family recipes. He loves working with his hands to build and grow, and enjoys connecting with others through cooking. Together we envisioned a farm as a place to nourish our minds, bodies, and hearts, as well as the land and our community. We are fortunate to have found a productive farmland property to lease in Staley, North Carolina that is near a very productive local food area booming with farmers markets and to also be between two USDA designated food desert cities. We see ourselves as being in a unique position to support local food production through participating in its success while also increasing access and pathways to affordability.


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This loan is special because it helps a new farm to grow and scale.



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About Heartstrong Farm LLC

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: New Business
Website: growheartstrong.com

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