"I have a hardy respect for anybody who can successfully bring produce to the market. I think it’s a huge commitment to be successful. You are definitely giving up a lot of personal time and you are probably -- you know, at our scale -- not doing it for money, until you get very big. It’s a labor of love."
Lorien Carsey was born in Louisiana, and spent her childhood moving through multiple states while pursuing an interest in the violin. After finishing high school, Lorien decided to pursue her passion at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she majored in violin performance. After a job opened up, Lorien Carsey, who had recently come to Urbana to participate in a year at the School for Designing a Society, began work at the Blue Moon Farm in Urbana, Illinois. However, after five years of working there, she concluded that “farming required too much energy and didn't allow for enough personal time.” She attended graduate school at SIUE in Edwardsville to teach English as a second language (ESL), and moved to Merida, Venezuela where she began teaching ESL. Carsey came back to Urbana to raise a child, and returned to work at the Blue Moon Farm in 2009. Since then, she has worked her way up to her current position as Farm Manager at Blue Moon Farm.
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