photo by Lawrence White - © 2018 Lawrence White

photo by Lawrence White - © 2018 Lawrence White

About the Farmer

Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery is owned and run by Lee Hennessy. Originally from Upstate NY, Lee lived and worked in Los Angeles for 8 years in a career that spanned Hollywood, wine, and online media (under the name Leah"). In 2014, their growing love of agriculture and passion for small food systems completely eclipsed their common sense and they moved back to Upstate NY with the secret dream of starting a goat farm. 

That July, Lee began investing their savings in classes, field days, internships, and supporting themselves while working minimum-wage farm jobs in order to gain experience and solidify their farming philosophies. With the help of excellent mentors, Lee moved up to management positions at nationally renown producers. During this time, they also put their sommelier skills to work and began training as a cheesemonger in 2015 under Eric Paul at The Cheese Traveler.

In Winter 2016, with the help of investor partner Dirt Capital and the organizations of American Farmland Trust, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation, FarmROOTS, and the Agricultural Stewardship Association, Lee began the fraught journey of securing the land for what would become Moxie Ridge Farm.

The farm opened in Spring 2017 and Lee runs all the farm and creamery production solo while growing a small and dedicated staff.

Lee LOVES volunteers.