Eddie

Kellogg Valley Farms

Jacksonville, AR

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Personal Story

I didn't choose farming, it chose me! On December 3, 2005 I had a life-changing, profound moment. Life prior to that day had been spent running, mostly with good intentions, but deep down, I knew that I was not fulfilling God's intended purpose for me on this earth. I found myself alone, lost, and hopeless, without a will of my own to continue. After much prayer I gave up the fight; I surrendered. From that very moment my life has been full of hope and vision. At that time, my father had 3 acres of land with 2 ½ of those acres covered in gum trees. It took a lot of work, but I took that land and made it into what is now Kellogg Valley Farm. God provided

Business Description

Kellogg Valley Farms, located in northwestern Pulaski County, provides fresh, local, all natural grown produce to the community by selling at local farmers markets, restaurants, and providing community supported agriculture shares. Our mission is to provide local, naturally-grown produce to the community as a way to support healthy diets and lifestyles. Currently, there are approximately two acres in cultivation with three small green houses and multiple raised beds. As Kellogg Valley Farms founder and farm manager, I believe that diversification and good agricultural practices are the keys to production, profit, and sustainability. Kellogg Valley Farms is Certified Naturally Grown and uses only organically approved pesticides and fertilizers.

What is the purpose of this loan?

This is not a farmer's sob story; it's a pictorial of what happens to crops in severely cold and cloudy weather. The loss to the farm this season has been devastating and will take time, labor, and additional funding to get back to where it was prior to this winter.

A $5,000 loan will be used to rebuild the infrastructure of the farm damaged by bad weather this winter, as well as hire farm hands to work on the farm throughout the year (I will be losing my loyal farm hand of two years this summer, due to the growth of her family). It will also be used to purchase seed and fertilizer. I have big plans for the garden to include around 50 types of plants for my shareholders. Successful farming is not just about the bottom line, it is about delivering quality produce to friends and new customers (who soon will be called friends). I believe if I always delivers quality products, stick to my principles, and keep giving God the glory, then someday it will make financial sense to have worked this hard for so little. I plant seeds and nurture plants, but God grows this food, not me. He started a good work in me and I believe He will finish it.

With experience, hard work and dedication Kellogg Valley Farms is set to grow and increase production and profits for the coming years.

Eddie's loan is endorsed by Arkansas Local Food Network. The information below explains why his trustee thinks Eddie is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

More than 5 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Eddie Stuckey of Kellogg Valley Farms has been a dedicated member of the Arkansas Local Food Network for many years, both as a farmer and as a member of our Executive Board. Eddie sells high-quality, certified naturally grown products through our weekly online farmer's market, including (but not limited to) eggs, broccoli, yellow wax beans, edamame, and some of the best tomatoes you'll ever have.

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

If there is one word I could use to describe Eddie, it would have to be committed. Eddie chooses to grow certified naturally grown because he is committed to his ideal of providing the highest quality products without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. He truly sees farming as his calling in life and has transformed acres of gum trees into an incredibly productive farm!

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

While this winter has been too long for most of us, farmers like Eddie have been hit particularly hard. Eddie has run a successful farm for many years, but there is not he could do to make it through a winter this cold for this long unscathed. Giving Eddie a loan will help him rebuild some of the farm's damaged infrastructure and hire extra help in time to ramp up production for warmer temperatures.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to purchase seed , organic fertilizers, soil amendments , irrigation, some labor and help my farm bounce back from a devastating winter

Disbursed Mar 17, 2014
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
6 months
Listed:
Mar 7, 2014
Disbursed:
Mar 17, 2014
Paying Back:
Mar 18, 2014

About Kellogg Valley Farms

Industry:
Agriculture
Years in Operation:
3 years - 5 years
Badges:
None

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:
Sustainable Agriculture Non Profit
Tier:
Second Tier trustee
Location:
Little Rock, AR
On Zip Since:
Mar 14, 2013
(25 months)
Loans Endorsed:
2
Total Value:
$15,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
Not enough data
Paying Back Late:
Not enough data
Repaid in Full:
0
Defaulted:
0
Repayment Rate:
97%
Why are you endorsing Eddie?

If there is one word I could use to describe Eddie, it would have to be committed. Eddie chooses to grow certified naturally grown because he is committed to his ideal of providing the highest quality products without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. He truly sees farming as his calling in li...

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.