BORROWER UPDATE: New Beat Farm
Adrienne Lee and Ken Lamson are native Mainers who have chosen to return home. “We farm,” they say, “because it is the best way for us to live by our ideals and give back.” Ethical considerations of sustainability and self-reliance play a strong role in shaping the farm business.
Their path to full-time farming has included college and apprenticeships. To increase their business skills, the couple has engaged with organizations such as Women, Work & Community and the Maine Organic Gardener and Farmer Association (MOGFA) Journeyperson Program.
In 2012, Adrienne and Ken found farmland in midcoast Maine that would become their permanent home and were accepted into a cost-share program to install an irrigation system. A bridge loan from The Carrot Project and its lending partner, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), helped the couple meet the cost-share requirements. “The loan allowed us to make a huge investment that contributed to the farm’s reliability,” Adrienne says.
In 2015, New Beat Farm is entering its sixth year. Adrienne and Ken have an established business and are committed to farming. Their growing edge is to find the right balance of farm products, markets, and personal effort for long-term sustainability.
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