When Laura Colligan’s father decided to mail-order a few baby turkeys to raise after seeing an ad in Mother Earth News, he never imagined that it would lead his then nine-year-old daughter to become a farmer. By the time she was thirteen, though, she was selling the heritage turkeys she’d raised on pasture, and later added chickens for meat and eggs to her line up. After helping out with harvesting vegetables at Thorpes Organic Family Farm in Wales, New York, where the Colligan family got their CSA share, Laura became interested in a future in organic vegetable agriculture. After high school, she spent several years studying the subject by working on organic vegetable farms (Nature’s Pace Organics in Michigan, Evening Song Farm in Vermont, and Four Winds Farm in the Hudson Valley). She returned to Western New York to start her own vegetable farm, which had its inaugural season in 2015.
Since January 2016, she has been a member of the board of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York.