BORROWER UPDATE: Sparrowbush Farm
Sparrowbush Farm is operated by Ashley Loehr in Livingston, NY. Ashley uses sustainable and innovative farming practices to produce vegetables, grains, eggs, chicken and pork. Sparrowbush Farm was started in 2011. Ashley has over 10 years of experience in agriculture, including working in various capacities at other Columbia County farms, working at a Finger Lakes winery, repairing farm equipment, and taking classes at Cornell’s Ag School. Ashley’s partner Antoine Guerlain, assists in the business and has plans to utilize the farm’s grains in an on-farm bakery in coming years.
Ashley has developed three primary marketing channels: farmers markets, local wholesale, and a winter CSA. She focuses her in-season vegetable sales to farmers markets and wholesale customers on a few vegetable areas, specifically greens and herbs, and has established these as signature products customers recognize.
Sparrowbush benefited from a loan to upgrade and add field equipment and wash/pack equipment to facilitate efficient expansion. In addition, financial technical assistance and working capital to smooth out seasonal income and expense fluctuations were part of the loan package.
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