Grit & Grace: Katie Vandi

“Being among the plants, flowers, and the earth I feel like I belong to something bigger than myself. It’s home, and it always will be. I someday hope to use agriculture and the farm as a place for healing. I hope that it can be a place for learning, growth (in all forms), and a pillar of hope for younger generations to come.

I have so much pride to be a woman in agriculture! Farming and agriculture historically have been occupations held mostly by men. I’m honored to be in a position to lead by example and show other women and school age kids that you can grow up to be ANYTHING you want, make money, and most importantly be happy all at the same time.

I find worth in being able to feed people good nutritious food and be able to show them where it comes from, and how to grow it! Food connects all of us. I also believe one of the most important things we can do for our children, and humanity in general, is preserve the sanctity of our food system.

All I can truly hope for is to be a light in this world and to teach my kids how to be a light for others and for themselves. You don’t have to be famous or have a ton of money to be able to make an impact, you just have to be kind. As long as you’re doing your job with loving kindness then you will have made a difference...there is no question.”

Katie is a farmer at Meadowbrook Farms in Hamilton, MA. For more information, visit: