I was born and raised on the family farm and I am a fifth generation farmer. In my early years our farm consisted of pasture raised poultry, grass feed beef and pork, row cropping (tobacco, corn, peanuts, cotton). In 1983 the farm ceased to exist and my father had a serious conversation with me about my future. Subsequently I joined the Army after graduating from high school that same year. In 2003 while serving as a Veterinary Food Inspector in the Army I was introduced to the organic food industry. I contacted my father and we discussed going back into farming but in the organic field and we agreed to pursue farming again. I retired in 2013 and came back home with my father and we started farming in 2014 with a plan to farm in five phases. Phase I, vegetables; Phase II, Fruits; Phase III, Pecan; Phase IV, Poultry; Phase V, goats. In 1983 I thought that I would never see farming again but life is full of surprises. As I look back I recognized that I was being groomed for farming by my grandfather and father because I am able to recall all of the knowledge that they poured into me and I am blessed to be back home farming on the land that I grew up on.
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Robinson Farms produce vegetables and fruits at this point. I decided to start the business in 2003 but with a plan to put it into action after retirement from the Army in 2013. I was introduced to the organic food industry in 2003 and a light bulb came on and I contacted my father and said that we can really make this work on the family land. Obtaining working capital to put in the proper infrastructure for the farm is my biggest challenge. My customers are the local communities, farmers markets, and small restaurants in the local area. The goals are to progress the farm in five phases and to increase the customer base through local, state, and federal contracting. Seeing the smile on my fathers face and the hope that he has in his eyes of what the farm can become to the community is what I am most proud of.
What is the purpose of this loan?
By helping me to get closer to the goal of completing the infrastructure at Robinson Farms. Irrigation installation $4,000.00; Turning plow $2000.00; Hauling trailer $1000.00; Sprinkler system $3,000.00. I expect a 30% increase in revenue with these upgrades. Robinson Farms will be more productive manageable. It will give me a sense of accomplishment seeing that the infrastructure goals are coming together.
Years in operation: 1 year – 3 years