Ashlee Kleinhammer is a start-up farmer and owner of North Country Creamery, a dairy farm specializing in the production of grass-fed, all natural Jersey milk, cheese and yogurt.

Ashlee is part of a new generation of American farmers that are young and college-educated. The recent trend of food awareness that includes an increased preference towards locally grown foods and a holistic approach to farming is convincing young people to return to the trade. 

Ashlee worked on both VT and NY farms before deciding to settle in NY to start her own business. Unlike Vermont, she noticed the market was wide open in the North Country and popular farmers markets provided a terrific place to jump into direct sales. The challenge was that the actual price of land made it difficult to start farming. Ashlee came to the SBDC for assistance in reviewing her business plan and financial projections prior to submitting for approval with Open Space Institute board of directors which helped secure the purchase of the farmstead. In collaboration with the Research Network, Angela helped Ashlee research debit card systems for CSA share sales and WIC and SNAP program initiatives.

North Country Creamery opened in June of 2013 and to date, demand is outpacing supply. Future plans include developing agritourism for the region in partnership with other area farmers.

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Client Quote

“I am honored by the support I’ve received from SBDC. I’ve greatly appreciated Angela’s follow-through with my research questions and genuine enthusiasm for our small-scale farmstead creamery”




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