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Rural Champion Rebuilds A Five-Generation Family Farm with Help from a USDA Loan

Jacqueline and Glen Young, Young’s Greenhouse, Maine

Jacqueline and Glen Young, Young’s Greenhouse, Maine

Cross posted from the White House Rural Champions of Change website:

A five-generation family farm, Young’s Greenhouse was severely damaged in a tornado. Since the early 1900s, Young’s Greenhouse has been family owned and operated providing vegetables and flowers to the community. The tornado ripped through the families 300 plus acres destroying all of their greenhouses and numerous outbuildings that support their livestock operation.

The Young’s sought the help of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Emergency Loan Program which provides assistance to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to natural disasters. With this loan the Young’s were able to pay off the major bills incurred during reconstruction. Since then with the help and support of their family, friends and the community the Young’s have rebuilt eight greenhouses, making them extra long. Additionally, they added one 30’ x 300’ cold frame greenhouse.

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