Virginia hails from Upstate New York, near the southern edge of the Adirondacks. She spent last year working at Hawthorne Valley Farm in the Hudson Valley.
Her career goal: To grow vegetables and raise livestock.
Another goal: To farm with draft animals.
Why draft animals? Hard to explain. It has to do with creating a simpler lifestyle, she says. Plus, tractors are noisy.
Oxen or horses? At Hawthorne Valley, Virginia worked with the cows at the dairy and even started training two young calves to follow simple commands. So right now she’s most intrigued by oxen, though she has an open mind. Her original impression of Howell Farm’s draft horses is that they are huge.