In college, on her quest to live a life of love and respect, Katie adopted a vegan diet. After developing an eating disorder and experiencing some serious health problems, her journey back to health included introducing animal proteins back into her diet, with the same emphasis on health and respect.
Fast forward a few years and Katie was working in commercial banking in Silicon Valley. She was spending her weekends volunteering on a local vegetable farm, trying to get her Dad not to plant RoundUp Ready Alfalfa on the hayfields at home, and feeling dissatisfied with the “I’m so busy” technology-focused lifestyle she was living in California. Her only comfort was a “some day” plan to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, intern at Polyface Farm, and move back to Rhode Island to re-open her family’s shuttered 7th generation farm.
One night after work while perusing TED talks, she stumbled across “Making Hard Choices” by Ruth Chang. As the speaker talked about how when we live our lives based on decisions made with fear, we end up drifting through life, Katie’s whole life spiraled out in her mind. She realized she’d never had a big goal and set about accomplishing it.
Within five minutes she had a plan. And the very next day, she gave her notice at work. In 2015, she thru-hiked the 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail and applied to the Polyface Farm Internship. In 2016, she interned at Polyface Farm, and that fall she moved home and launched Deep Roots Farm. A few years later she’s just as committed to honoring the land and the animals in her farming practices and providing the highest quality proteins possible to her community.
Read more about our historic farm here.
Read Katie’s Pacific Crest Trail blog here.