Emily Schaffer; Rachel Schaap; urban farm; food shelf farm; Bemidji

M. Montgomery

Rachel Schaap moved to Bemidji MN last December 30th, during the coldest part of the winter. She and her wife Elizabeth had started farming 3 years ago, in the mountains of North Carolina. "We had a small farmstead," Rachel explained. "We had our own garden plot, we had goats, chickens, rabbits, a couple farm cats - barn cats - and then our dog. I'd also volunteered down at the Veterans' Healing Farm, which is also in western North Carolina.