Arkville, United States / Agriculture
his loan is special because:
More about this loan
Lazy Crazy Acres Farm has been in the Fairbairn family for over 80 years and has produced everything from Cauliflower to Gelato in an attempt to support the family.
Jake Fairbairn and I (Ryan Annetts), met 8 years ago and became close friends.
in 2012 we decided to resurrect the family’s old Maple Syrup Sap House, which had been unused for 8 years, and created Tree Juice Maple Syrup, traditional wood-fired Maple Syrup with a fun new marketing image.
We made 40 gallons our first year and had a lot of fun with it, so we added a few more taps in 2013 and made 80 Gallons. By that time we were both hooked so we decided to add another 500 taps for the 2014 season and ended up making 200 gallons of syrup. This past season we decided to take it from being a hobby to being one of the farm’s primary sources of income (along with Eggs, Beef, Pork and lots of farm based events during the summer, such as Pizza nights). We took the total number of trees that we tap to 2500 this past February (in 3 feet of snow, brrrrrrrrrrr), but made 560 Gallons of Tree Juice Maple Syrup.
In 2012 when we started out, we created one of NY’s only Maple Syrup CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). Members pay upfront thereby helping us purchase the supplies needed for the season and then the receive a share of the syrup when its ready.
We can now also be found in a number of local and New York City based stores and restaurants.
Unfortunately in the summer of 2015 the farm’s primary source of income (the gelato product) had to come to an end due to financially crippling facility upgrade requirements.
Our focus now is to turn Tree Juice Maple Syrup into the farm’s primary income product and thus need to tap more trees and make more special sweet stuff! 🙂
What is the purpose of this loan?
Demand for our products have more than doubled each year for the past 4 seasons, we would like to continue fulfilling this demand whilst becoming more financially sustainable.
The Kiva Zip loan will help us purchase enough tubing and taps to add 1000 trees to our sap bush. On a good year this should produce another 250 gallons of Tree Juice Maple Syrup.
Years in operation: 3 years – 5 years