Josh

Laughing Stock Farm

Sheridan, AR

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Personal Story

As a fifth generation farmer, I grew up both on the farm and in the city. I have learned the ways of conventional row crop farming and alternative vegetable farming in the rich delta soil of our family farm. I have also traveled and studied organic agriculture in Santa Cruz, CA through the Centers For Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems apprenticeship program in 2007.Though I am emotionally and physically still committed to my family's farm, my wife and I have begun our own small scale cerified organic fruit & vegetable (and eventually pork & goat) farm closer to our farmer's markets in central Arkansas.

Our family's products have been sold in the local food system for nearly a hundred years, and as the face of the local food system is changing, so are we. We are becoming more conscious about how we treat our plants and animals and we are helping our friends and neighbors learn as well. We hope to build our local food system by becoming part of the movement to teach and empower everyone to support a strong local food system.

Business Description

Laughing Stock Farm began on our family’s land in Grady, AR in 2007. After three seasons of market farming, we purchased 40 acres of mostly forested land in Grant County near Sheridan, AR. We spent the first two years building infrastructure, clearing land, cover cropping and amending the soil organically. 2012 was our first production year and we grew nearly 12k worth of food on less than an acre of land. We have two hoophouses which greatly increase our ability to produce food earlier and later in the growing season. During the 2012 season, we grew Hawaiian ginger, loads of tomatoes, cabbage, onions, fingerling potatoes, cut flowers, herbs, peppers, broccoli, beets, carrots, radishes, turnips, horseradish, cauliflower, and shallots. This upcoming season we will see a few new additions with fresh turmeric, galangal, and several new varieties of salad and slicing tomatoes. We will also be growing several new varieties of green beans, including yellow and purple varieties. We focus on sustainable production and use many locally produced inputs as well as some of our own.

What is the purpose of this loan?

This loan will allow us to create a more sustainable irrigation system that draws from our own surface water. We will bring grid tied solar energy to the farm to subsidize power usage and create a more sustainable energy source. We have a spring fed, six acre pond directly in the middle of our farm that will provide water year round with a solar powered pumping station.

This is the cost breakdown:
1000' 3/0 Electric Wire -- $2500
Trencher -- $100
Pump Housing -- $500
Gravel -- $300
Grid Tie Solar System -- $7000
Backhoe Work -- $1000
Filter Parts -- $500
Water Pipe -- $300
Labor -- $1500

The total of this investment is $13,700. We intend to self fund the remaining $3,700.

Josh's loan is endorsed by Central Arkansas New Agrarian Society (CANAS). The information below explains why his trustee thinks Josh is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

1 year - 3 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

A proven successful market grower and farmer market organizer that contributes much to Little Rock's local food economy, Josh grows great, healthy product that is responsibly grown and sold at several local farmer's markets. We wish to help him scale up to meet our city's growing demand for fresh food. We are in weekly contact with Josh and continue to be amazed at his growth and ambition to feed our people right.

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

Josh seems to us to be a man of conviction. That conviction to feed people good, healthy food is something that we at CANAS stand behind. Josh has a solid business and crop plan with his organic Laughing Stock Farm, and we know he will be able to grow his profits with a Kiva Zip loan.

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

We trust Josh to use a Kiva Zip loan to increase his production and market availability. We see that his operation is a model of responsible food production and we wish to encourage this model and help him grow good food and solutions for our local food economy.

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A loan of $10,000 helps me to create a sustainable water supply for our organic fruit and vegetable farm.

Disbursed Mar 28, 2013
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Mar 14, 2013
Disbursed:
Mar 28, 2013
Paying Back:
Mar 29, 2013
Ended:
Apr 5, 2015

About Laughing Stock Farm

Industry:
Agriculture
Years in Operation:
1 year - 3 years
Follow:
Facebook
Badges:
Badge repayment gold smallBadge connectedness gold small

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 Working Group
Tier:
Third Tier trustee
Location:
Little Rock, AR
On Zip Since:
Mar 14, 2013
(26 months)
Loans Endorsed:
8
Total Value:
$70,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
6
Paying Back Late:
0
Repaid in Full:
2
Defaulted:
0
Repayment Rate:
100%
Why are you endorsing Josh?

Josh seems to us to be a man of conviction. That conviction to feed people good, healthy food is something that we at CANAS stand behind. Josh has a solid business and crop plan with his organic Laughing Stock Farm, and we know he will be able to grow his profits with a Kiva Zip loan.

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.