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So It Begins

In early 2020, I was an unfortunate casualty of the pandemic. I found out while on medical leave that upon my return I was not going to have a job. I had an idea this was going to happen. As a senior leader at my organization, I was fully aware of what was coming.

Being my grandmother's child, I immediately started thinking about the next right move to make. I knew that I had reached a point in my professional life where I was ready to branch out on my own. I had talked a good game for some time and now was the time to see if I had the stuff to make it happen.

The pandemic really gave me a gift. This was the first time that I had stopped. I had nowhere to go. I had no obligations. I lived my life on obligations. Now, here I was without a thing to do but think and recalibrate. I knew that I wanted to do something with food. I have spent the last 20+ years in the hospitality industry so it had to be food. I also knew that the right thing had to have a purpose. In addition to working in hospitality, I spent many years as a social worker so I had to do something that meant something.

In grad school, I created a business plan for a breakfast concept. That breakfast concept turned into a food truck. That food truck turned into trying to create a new spin on the classic food truck. That spin lead me down a rabbit hole of tiny homes which lead to me a company called Freight Farms. I now knew what my next right move was. I was going to become a hydroponic produce farmer. It took 22 months and 25 financial institutions told me no. I stayed true to my vision, believed that what was mine would be, and trusted my ancestors to move mountains in the spirit world. Today, I can say, I am a hydroponic produce farmer.

So it begins.


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Derek, I am so incredibly excited for you and this new venture. You are destined for beautiful and great things.

I'm proud to call you my friend.

Derek L. Drake
Derek L. Drake
Jan 06, 2022
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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. There is nothing greater in life than having beautiful souls in your life that celebrate you.

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