Mt. Folly Farm, Farmer and Entrepreneur
Winchester, Kentucky and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Laura is involved daily with Mt. Folly Farm in Kentucky. On her 150 acres, her goal is to sequester carbon in the soil, moving away from fossil fuel-based fertilizers. Laura has partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service to track and publish biological and financial data of her efforts over the next 10 years.
Previously, Laura was President and CEO of The Laura’s Lean Beef Company. Before selling Laura’s to Meyer Natural Beef of California in 2008, she took the business from a $10,000-a-year on-farm company to an annual $135 million supplier to more than 6,000 retailers in the USA and Canada.
Laura is a 2008 inductee into the Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame, and a member of the Administrative Council of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Updated June 2011.
Expertise: Agriculture and Food, Climate Change, Oceans, Rural
Geography: East, USA, North America, South, USA, United States