Alyson grew up on an old, non-working dairy farm in rural New York State. As a little girl, her grandparents taught her ways to garden that were based on robust soil health. As a teenager, she spent hours on horseback exploring nearby state game lands. After earning a business degree from Cornell University, Alyson spent eight years in the military, then spent four years teaching. After a series of wake up calls, she decided to follow her heart and to answer the call to collaborate with others in creating a local food system that feeds the Earth as well as people.