Managed grazing transforms sunlight into soil health while producing nutritious and delicious food.
Mary Kate Wheeler has come a long way from chasing marmots out of chickpea plantings at her first farm venture. Raising organic veggies and selling direct to consumers at the South Perry Farmers’ Market in Spokane, WA gave her a taste of farm business management, and whet her appetite for more.
Returning home to Ithaca, NY, Mary Kate forged her own pathway into farming in the Finger Lakes. But only after several years studying the ins and outs of agricultural economics at Cornell University and supporting education and training opportunities for other beginning farmers.
“Our production systems should enhance the land, not just sustain it.”
— Jim Gerrish, MAnagement-intensive grazing
In 2018 Mary Kate launched Alchemy Farm, a small grazing operation in Newfield, NY. She manages over 40 acres of fields and forest, where she raises beef and honey bees. While the vision is grand, the process is gradual. Whether building up a new apiary, or improving pasture quality through rotational grazing, good things take time.
When she’s not working on the farm, Mary Kate helps other agricultural producers with business development and financial decision-making as a Farm Business Management Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension.
You don’t have to buy half a cow to buy local beef. Check out our boxed beef bundles, which contain a hand-selected variety of beef cuts from our farm. Perfectly suited for backyard grilling parties, or quick-and-easy weeknight dinners, the Steak Out Box delivers quality, value and convenience.