What type of farmer are you?
It’s so hard to wrap it all up in one sentence. In short I’m a diversified livestock farmer. In longer, I’m a regenerative farmer on a mission to leave things not just the same but better than when I started. I’m a farmer that believes her animals deserve to be loved, honored, and mourned. Through farming I build local community, local economy, and a healthier food system. I raise 100% grass-fed beef from birth to finish, and pastured pork, chicken, eggs, and Thanksgiving turkeys.
What did you do before?
Before I started farming I was working in commercial banking in Silicon Valley. I always heard you couldn’t make a living farming growing up so I studied International Business in Boston and Ireland and then moved to California. First I worked in branding for the women’s team at Specialized Bikes and then I ended up in marketing communications at a boutique commercial bank. Before long, my roots called me back to the land and back to my family’s shuttered farm to bring it back to life. I quit my job, hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, interned at Polyface Farm with Joel Salatin, and moved back to Rhode Island to build a farm.
Why do you farm?
I farm because farming encompasses everything that I am passionate about. Improving our food system, building local community and economy, improving the health of my community, being a good steward of the land, and also healing my body and my mind from the eating disorder I developed as a vegan.
When I had to start eating meat again after developing some serious health problems, I knew I couldn’t go back to the industrial food system. That eventually led me to farming. I have also struggled with depression and anxiety my entire adult life and the farm is a place that makes space for that and also forces me to overcome it. The animals need me to get out of bed every day and feed them before I feed myself. Farming is the hardest job I’ve ever had in every way, but also the most fulfilling. At the end of the day, I farm because when I die I want to know that I made the world a better place while I was here.
Why did you get involved with WhatsGood?
Let’s be real for a minute. Buying local food is not always convenient. You might not want to spend every Saturday bumping elbows with people for two hours at the farmers market to get your pork chops and ground beef for the week. And while driving 45 minutes to the farm is a really fun trip to stock up for the week or month, sometimes life doesn’t make space for that.
I got involved with WhatsGood because I believe that access to local food is a real challenge and WhatsGood solves that challenge for the farmer and the consumer.
If you could say one thing to a consumer about your products, what would you tell them?
Our products are more expensive than what you’ll find in the grocery store. That’s because we are competing on quality, not on price. We don’t cut corners when it comes to caring for our animals, sourcing our inputs locally, paying our employees living wages, and doing what is best for the environment. What that means for you is the highest quality, most nutritious, and most delicious food you can buy.