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David WalkerDavid Walker has developed an expanding apple butter business called Walker’s Apple Butter  ( from his 42-acre farm in the Hardy community of Pike County. Because the apple butter is made at his home, it has to be sold direct-to-the-consumer at farmer’s markets, festivals and similar events.  In order to expand the apple butter business, Mr. Walker needs to produce his product in a commercial kitchen.  Being produced in a commercial kitchen, will allow Walker Apple Butter to be sold through retail outlets, gift shops and on-line.  Mr. Walker will use the $7,500 SOAR Farm Loan to build a commercial kitchen on his farm.  


The SOAR Small Production Loan Fund is a low-interest financing resource designed to assist small producers grow healthy, nutritional foods so that they can move into commercial production. The goal is to support and educate growers to develop a strong local food system in eastern and southern Kentucky that will be market-supported and result in a profit for the growers.


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