How the large-scale food system can be a midsized farmer's best hope
Cory was raised on a cattle ranch in Wallowa Valley, Oregon where her family has lived since 1913. After studying at Stanford University and working in Washington DC and Los Angeles, she returned to rural Oregon in 2003. In response to a huge demographic shift and influx of new owners in her community, Cory began a management company called Wallowa Land Services that encourages new property owners to learn about sustainable management and integrate with the local community. In addition, she and her husband, David, operate Carman Ranch, her family’s 2000-acre cattle ranch where they raise registered cattle, sell grassfed beef and are engaged in multiple habitat and ecosystem restoration projects. She is also part of the county budget committee, sits on the board of Wallowa Resources, a local non-profit, and is working with a group of local ranchers to explore collective marketing options for grassfed beef. Cory loves being part of a rural community, spending time on the ranch with David and their three small children, and escaping into the wilderness when even the rural life gets too hectic.