About Holly & Chris

Golden EggChris and Holly met in the summer of 2006 at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island during a weekend retreat with the Nature Conservancy. Prior to their meeting, both were active in the local/organic food movement and together became involved with a CSA on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The idea of sustainable farming interested both of them as well as the pastured livestock model so eloquently described in the Omnivore’s Dilemma written by Michael Pollan. Chris, a former banker for nearly 20 years, was seeking a profession about which he could be passionate. While they both found the concept of sustainable farming intriguing, the dream of becoming small farmers was nearly impossible, right? The small farmer in America is dying or already dead, or so the story goes. Through a lot of research and discussions, they became aware of enough farmers who were making a go of it by selling organic produce/livestock locally direct to customers. There seemed to be substantial demand and limited supply. That’s a formula they could understand. Perhaps this was worth a try afterall!

In the spring of 2009, Chris became an apprentice at Garden of Eve Organic Farm in Riverhead, NY. He’s been told that he wasn’t the oldest apprentice ever, but he hasn’t met anyone older in that position. While at Garden of Eve, he raised, processed and sold broiler chickens on pasture with excellent results. Ted Lee, co-author of the Lee Brother's Southern Cookbook, was their first customer. Holly and Chris decided to launch a pastured poultry business for the 2010 season and signed a lease with the Peconic Land Trust for a 5 acre parcel of preserved farmland in Southold. The dream has now been launched and we hope it leads to a good place for us and most importantly, for our new customers.

Golden EggHolly
Holly has been a member of the Nature Conservancy's Young Professionals Board since 2005. She recently left McKinsey & Company, Inc. where she worked as an executive assistant in New York City. In season, you are likely to find her working in the tasting room at Shinn Estate Vineyard and Farmhouse.  

Contact Holly: holly@browdersbirds.com

Golden EggChris
Chris, a native of North Carolina, has lived in the area for over 20 years. He’s a former Bank of America corporate and investment banker, but prefers the life of a farmer including getting dirty every day, sleeping like a rock at night, planning and more planning and meeting lots of great people.

Contact Chris: chris@browdersbirds.com

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