I am an Army brat that settled in Southeast Kentucky with my parents. I did not have a good childhood and my biggest regret was not having a strong parental presence. Now that I have my own “mini me”, I want to create a job that will make me happy and flexible to where I can spend quality time with my daughter. My family has gardened to feed ourselves and I am wanting to expand our operation to become profitable and also benefit the community where farming is declining in the area.
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I am kicking up my family garden into a high yield producing garden that can supply Bell County’s residents and possibly restaurants. I decided to use my farming experience and skill set to create a business that allows me to better the community, support my family, and do something that I love. My biggest challenge is that my father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year ago and has not been nearly as involved with working the garden like normal so I need to work smarter to reach my productivity goals without working myself to death. There is a large market for local produce, but most farms are not easily accessible like mine.
What is the purpose of this loan?
I have started the steps towards expanding my business such as reading books to learn better techniques; buying Heirloom seeds to cut down on seed costs; buying tree seedlings; and composting to improve the soil quality, but I need working capital to purchase equipment and high tunnels (greenhouses). High tunnels are expensive but they extend the growing season and they protect my crops from pests so I can become Organically certified in a few years! This loan will almost guarantee that I can grow healthy fruit, vegetables, and herbs that will support my family, especially since my father is having a difficult time working out in the sun. My success will take away a lot of the financial burden that he has.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year