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Meridzo CenterMeridzo Center, (, founded by Lonnie and Belinda Riley in Lynch, Kentucky, is a faith-based community initiative which carries out its mission through a variety of programs.  For the past several years, the Meridzo Center has been researching the production of shitake mushrooms and other products as part of their business and community mission.  The products will be sold in local markets and grocery stores in Harlan, Letcher and adjacent counties.  The Meridzo Center has been working with Circle C Farms in Webster, Florida on developing a Controlled Environment Production System (CEPS).  The system provides for the production of shitake mushrooms on rotating logs; for hydroponic production of vegetables; and, for the production of fodder/feed for livestock.  The SOAR Farm Loan of $7,500 will be used to purchase materials, obtain logs, buy mushroom spores, purchase water tanks and for working capital.


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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