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Lacey

Sunflower Borealis

Fairbanks, AK

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Personal Story

Like many who live in Alaska, I was not born here. I was drawn to Northern lands by childhood stories. My childhood was spent in both the urban city and rural farm settings of Washington State. Regardless of my geographical position I could always be found outside, be it up a tree, tunneling through blackberry brambles, exploring swamps, or running wild through farm fields and Cascade Mountain wilderness.

By the age of 9 or 10 I was very preoccupied with how I could make a living from the land. Time spent on my grandparent's berry farm helped me develop a true sense of appreciation for the old ways during the Great Depression. Helping them gave me a strong work ethic and self-discipline, and encouraged my love and passion for animals, the wilderness, and farming.

Although I did not graduate high school, I did well when I entered college because I already knew how to work hard and apply myself. I understood self sacrifice. I lived with my grandmother on her berry farm and charged myself with its upkeep and maintenance while I put myself through school studying the environmental sciences and later wildlife biology. I planted and harvested, pruned and weeded. I became an ornithologist. I also met the love of my life.

I eventually followed my childhood dream of moving to Alaska. My husband and I both work hard to keep our knowledge of farming and sustainability current, educating ourselves by reading and attending local classes on farming and food preservation. We live with the dreams and goal of becoming a small, sustainable, biodynamic farm serving our farmer's market and local grocery stores.

Business Description

When we moved to this cabin our life changed. We knew we had found a place where we could live the lifestyle we desired. We grew a vegetable garden, built a large greenhouse, and we became successful right from the start. We also harvest wild medicinal and edible plants, making salves and other skin products, syrups, and home-made sodas.

We live a modern progressive life of technology and education, but it is very steeped in an ancient lifestyle in how we obtain and create our food. We would like to share our knowledge and bounty with our community. We embrace equality, education, holistic health, and traditional/sustainable farming. We believe that these values are key to longevity and health, in people and planet.

What we consume, and the integrity with which it is grown or raised matters deeply to us. Sunflower Borealis will produce many products that we have already been making or growing for our family for years. We produce:

Fresh Produce and Herbs
Blooming Sunflowers
Honey
Wild-crafted syrups
Flavored Vinegars
Kombucha
Home-made Sodas (including Birch beer; similar to Root beer)
Beet Kvass
Sauer Kraut
Kimchi
Other fermented food products
Goat's Milk Soaps
Lip Balm
Herbal Salves
Body Butters
Sugar Scrubs

We are beginning this business because it is a natural transition for us to serve our community by preserving ancient food traditions. We will participate in the Farmer's Market, and sell our products to the local markets: Home Grown Market, Fairbanks Community Cooperative, and Sunshine Foods.

Alaska has people who desire fresh, local, and high quality foods, but farming is limited in Alaska to a short growing season creating a high demand for product. Our biggest challenge will be a continual supply to our market because farmers sell out so frequently. We wish to be an asset to our community and planet and become a truly biodynamic farm.

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan is very important to us. It will allow many great things to happen for our business. It will allow us to purchase the oils, essential oils, herbs, packaging, and labels necessary for soap.

It will provide the bottles, bottle-capper, and labels for our home-made sodas, kombucha, and beet kvass. It will provide the tins, labels, salts/sugars, oils, and essential oils for creating the salves, body butters, and sugar/salt scrubs.

It will provide the scale needed for weighing the produce we grow and sell, provide seed, plant cells, pots, soil, drip irrigation equipment, and water truck. It will provide the balm tubes and labels, balm tube trays, oils, wax, and essential oils for making lip balms.

It will provide the bottles and corks for making herbal vinegars and syrups, it will provide the organic sugar for making syrup, and the buckets for collecting birch sap. And it will also provide the jars, parts for building a honey extractor, bees, bee hives, and bee smoker for harvesting honey.

Lacey's loan is endorsed by Fairbanks Economic Development Corporation. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Lacey is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

1-6 months

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Lacey came to the FEDC through the Fairbanks Small Business Development Center. After speaking with Lacey, reading her business plane and reviewing her preliminary application the FEDC felt she was a perfect fit for the Kiva Zip loan program.

Tell us about this borrower's personality and character, and why you are endorsing him or her for a Kiva Zip loan.

By all accounts Lacey is trustworthy, ambitious, talented and driven. Lacey has also been a strong advocate in the community of the slow food movement and the importance of sustainable, local food and products.

Tell us about this borrower's business, and why you believe a Kiva Zip loan will contribute to his or her success.

Sunflower Borealis is a family run farm nestled in Interior Alaska's Tanana Valley. Sunflower Borealis plans on producing a number of unique products including goat milk soaps, herbal salves, body butters, flowers and vegetables. Fairbanks, Interiror Alaska's largest city, has become a large supporter of the local food movement and has a large market for products and services that cater to this movement. In the summer a farmer''s market can be found on almost everyday around Fairbanks. Sunflower Borealis is positioned perfectly to take advantage of this movement and the FEDC believes they will be successful.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to pay for the supplies and equipment necessary to create high-quality, Alaska grown, added-value cottage foods and goods.

Disbursed Jun 1, 2013
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
3 months
Listed:
May 15, 2013
Disbursed:
Jun 1, 2013
Paying Back:
Jun 1, 2013

About Sunflower Borealis

Industry:
Agriculture
Years in Operation:
New Business
Follow:
Facebook
Badges:
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What are Borrower Badges?

Borrower Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward borrowers’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

This loan is endorsed by

Trustee Type:
Economic Development Organization
Location:
Fairbanks, AK
Badges:
None
On Zip Since:
May 15, 2013
(11 months)
Loans Endorsed:
1
Total Value:
$5,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
Not enough data
Paying Back Late:
Not enough data
Repaid in Full:
0
Defaulted:
0
Repayment Rate:
Not enough data
Why are you endorsing Lacey?

By all accounts Lacey is trustworthy, ambitious, talented and driven. Lacey has also been a strong advocate in the community of the slow food movement and the importance of sustainable, local food and products.

What are Trustee Badges?

Trustee Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward trustees’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.
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