If you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would have told you I wanted to be an entrepreneur and own my own business. Early on, I had seen my father build his dental practice and heard stories of my great grandfather’s entrepreneurial risks turning into great successes. I inherited a love for fine fabrics, vintage couture clothing, and jade jewelry from my grandmother, Mary, so I assumed I would get into the fashion business.
Fast forward to January of 2007, when I wrote my first real life business plan. Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, led me to dive into the question “where does our food come from?” I couldn’t find the answer I was looking for and decided to create an answer I was pleased with. My mother had shared with me her vision of converting our family’s land into a biodynamic farm and what began as an idea, became a leap of faith to dedicate our land to growing healthy food for our local community.
My first step was to read everything farm related I could get my hands on. I gathered up books on market gardening, cattle, soil and grasses and quickly realized food is an agricultural issue. After graduating from Appalachian State University, I jumped right in and moved back to our Kentucky farm for some hands-on learning.
At Foxhollow Farm, the closest I get to a fashion career is picking out the Foxhollow t-shirts, tanks, and hats we sell at the market. While that is a fun way to ‘keep my toe in’, I never imagined my 20s would be spent advocating for better treatment of farmland and being passionate about how we raise beef cattle. Looking back, I can’t help but have extreme respect and gratitude for my mom, Janey. She had the guiding vision of healing this land using biodynamic agriculture and the power of community. Her passion has given my entrepreneurial spirit the chance to live that vision, make a career of that vision, and humbly ask if it’s possible to help other farmers share that vision. Raising 100% grassfed beef in a way that is healthy for the land, the animals, and our fellow human beings is fashionable enough for me. But, doing it in a navy blue trucker hat with magenta “Bluegrass-Fed” stitched across the front, is even better.
Co-Founder and 4th Generation Land Steward (and hobby fashionista)