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JeffBarnettPhotoJeff Barnett - Jeff Barnett has been a life-long small farmer and who grew tomatoes for many years when the vegetable co-op was active in Wayne County.  He currently grows corn and vegetables for family use and re-sale, along with about one-acre of tobacco.  With the $7,500 loan from the SOAR Small Production Loan Fund, Jeff will complete site work and run irrigation lines and then have Grow Appalachia construct two high tunnel greenhouses to expand his vegetable production.

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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