Meghan grew up on her parents’ homestead. Here, her mom had a roadside stand selling flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Meghan spent hours each day in her parents’ greenhouse trying to grow anything she ate with seeds, which sometimes proved successful!
Community, 4-H, and county fairs were a big part of Meghan’s upbringing; Meghan regularly entered events, and workshops whenever possible. Meghan’s Grandfather and Grandmother O’Brien grew up on farms and were homesteaders in northern New York. Also, Meghan’s Grandfather and Grandmother Baker were farmers, who taught her many skills she now uses. Meghan was definitely born to be a farmer.
Meghan has been farming for 13 years. For over 6 years, Meghan ran another farm. During this time, she was the leader in its upbringing and many successes. For example, Meghan was driven to keep the vast land, forever farmland. This passion drove Meghan to apply for and write a grant to protect the land. Her drive helped award the farm with a $500,000 land grant, which was awarded, but after she left the establishment to begin her own farm business.
Sharon has been Meghan’s biggest supporter since day one. After leaving the last farm in 2017, and with Meghan’s future up in the air, Sharon reminded Meghan that she is doing many wonderful things for other farmers; she could have her own farm and do it again for herself and her family. It was then that Meghan went back to her childhood homestead, cleared land, built greenhouses, and started raising chickens and guinea hens. Meghan joined farmers’ markets and began selling goods to a couple of local restaurants. Meghan and her family are very grateful to all of her loyal customers who have supported her new beginning and helped her farm “grow.”
Meghan bought her own farmland and home in late 2018 with her partner Anna and two boys, Curtis and Benny.
Meghan’s farming techniques are the grassroots to organic farming, naturally grown and grown with a deep passion for nature and respect for the land. Meghan does not use pesticides, sprays, or synthetic fertilizers. Meghan’s approach to growing is healthiest not only for her family and friends but for the community and farmers’ market customers.
Meghan graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a Bachelors in Technology in Plant Science and Agriculture Business.