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New mortgage program will assist these desirous to grow to be farmers

SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. — Farming is in Amanda Gajdzik’s roots.

“My household has at all times conventionally farmed corn, soybeans, beef cattle after which my husband and I once we began farming developed a little bit of a distinct segment market with the apples and peaches,” Gajdzik, proprietor of Mulberry Orchard, stated.  

What You Want To Know

  • Seven counties, together with Shelby, had been chosen as a part of the Starting Farmer Mortgage Program
  • Starting Farmer Mortgage Program will help people who want to develop, broaden, or purchase right into a farming operation
  • Mulberry Orchard in Shelby County has over 50,000 guests every year
  • Since opening 12 years in the past, Mulberry Orchard is now house to over 7,000 fruit bushes, all whereas supporting native farmers


“Now we have over 20 Kentucky proud farms that promote inside our operation as nicely,” Gajdzik stated. “So now we have beef that’s ours, however we promote pork, rooster and lamb that’s all raised in Shelby County, native eggs, honey, elderberry syrup, cheeses, lotions, pottery, espresso. All types of nice Kentucky proud merchandise.”

The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Company will approve greater than $2 million in loans, together with 9 Starting Farmer Loans (BFLP). BFLP assists people with some farming expertise who want to develop, broaden or purchase right into a farming operation.

It turns into a major change for these trying to get began within the business.

“So it provides them alternatives that they could not have had to have the ability to leap into agriculture,” Gajdzik stated. “A Lot of the packages have monetary planning points, issues like that so that they actually stroll via the numbers and ensure they’re setting you up for fulfillment.”

Seven counties, together with Shelby, had been chosen as a part of the Starting Farmer Mortgage Program.

With almost 50,000 guests every year, Mulberry Orchard has been exposing youngsters and households to agriculture with hopes they encourage others to do the identical.

“To have these conversations we do an amazing quantity of faculty excursions within the fall too,” Gajdzik stated. “So we’ll have a number of thousand elementary youngsters out and get to show them about agriculture and expose them to that as nicely.”

Together with Shelby County, farms in Barren, Bourbon, Graves, Hardin, McLean and Webster will obtain loans. 


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