Originally from Berks County, Pennsylvania, Taylor grew up in an agricultural community but did not find her passion for agriculture until later in life. After graduating from Penn State University, she joined the Peace Corps as an Environmental Awareness and Food Security volunteer in Togo. There, Taylor experienced agriculture deeply woven into a community’s identity, a place where the land and the food brought people together.
When returning to the United States Taylor found an animal husbandry internship in the Santa Cruz Mountains foothills in California. Her mentors showed her that farming centered around building and nurturing relationships, with land, with animals, and with people. Since then, Taylor has been raising livestock in pasture-based systems on farms in California and New Jersey. In her managerial-farming roles she has worked in collaboration with vegetable and fruit producers.
Taylor is excited to join the CCE Sullivan team to support farmers and aspiring farmers find their own role and success in their agricultural communities. As someone who entered farming with no experience, only passion and curiosity, she recognizes the need for resources, knowledge, and skill sharing to be more available and accessible to beginning farmers.
When not working, Taylor is still talking about farming with her partner, a vegetable farmer in the region. They are creating their new home in Sullivan County, exploring the area and building a garden. Taylor is also often running, reading at her local library, or taking care of her cat, Jack.