About the Farmer
Moxie Ridge Farm & Creamery is owned and run by Leah Hennessy. Originally from Upstate NY, Leah lived and worked in Los Angeles for 8 years in a career that spanned Hollywood, wine, and online media. In 2014, her growing love of agriculture and passion for small food systems completely eclipsed her common sense and she moved back to Upstate NY with the secret dream of starting a goat farm.
That July, she began investing her savings in classes, field days, internships, and supporting herself while working minimum-wage farm jobs in order to gain experience and solidify her farming philosophies. With the help of excellent mentors, she moved up to management positions at nationally renown producers. During this time, she also put her 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, she began the fraught journey of securing the land for what would become Moxie Ridge Farm.
The farm opened in Spring 2017 and Leah runs all the farm and creamery production solo.
She LOVES volunteers.