Hannah’s connection to the Earth was found with their hands deep in the soil of a small organic vegetable farm. Throughout completing their Bachelors in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut, this passion blossomed into a love for animal husbandry and dairy production. After milking many cows, throwing a hay bale or two, and managing thousands of animals, Hannah was called to realign their agricultural purpose away from the commercial dairy industry to a place of regeneration, sustainability and connection to the land, creatures, and consumer. An advocate for change and animal welfare, Hannah has since experienced the holistic management of several small farm-to-table dairy operations, they have taught students on a university dairy farm, and they’ve studied the craft and affinage of artisanal cheeses.
Mountain Valley’s approach to healing supports the values Hannah has behind the interconnection between nature and our personal, physical and mental wellbeing. Through deepening our relationship to the ecosystem, bringing awareness to the means of food production and exploring the therapeutic potentials of animal companionship, the opportunities for residents at Mountain Valley serve not only as mirrors for their own self discovery but as foundational pillars on which they can build their lives beyond the program. Hannah’s intentions coming to Mountain Valley are to support the community and contribute to an environment that provides residents a fertile medium to cultivate self-sovereignty, interpersonal development and reconnection to themselves and to the Earth.
Beyond farming, Hannah is passionate about esoteric and evolutionary astrology, spiritual healing practices and creating art. In their spare time Hannah loves to write, read, dance, play bass, star gaze, and adventure in nature with their dogs. Fun fact: They enjoy taste testing milk from all the local farms around.