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J.R. DamronJ.R. Damron operates EK3 Farms in the Virgie community of Pike County.  The 11-acre farm ( primarily grows corn which is converted into corn meal.  The corn meal is processed in a mobile grind mill which Mr. Damron takes to the Pikeville Farmer’s Market, neighboring farmer’s markets, various festivals and to area schools for demonstration. For school groups, each student is given a recipe and enough corn meal to make the recipe for $1.  The waste product is sold as chicken feed.  The $7,500 SOAR Farm Loan is being used to purchase a corn planter to increase production and a truck to transport equipment.


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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