About The Author
Laura Northrup Poland is a farmer, writer, and artist living in Indiana, USA. She practices a unique combination of farming methods, integrating the design science of permaculture, the soil-building practices of regenerative agriculture, organic methods and native plants in a whole-ecosystem restoration approach. Laura is a long time organic gardener, a certified permaculture designer, and an herbalist-in-training. She is a member of the Seed Savers Exchange and the United Plant Savers. She lives on the farm with her husband, cats, and chickens.
Laura began her career on a totally different path. She earned a B. S. in Computer Science and a Mathematics minor from Indiana University in 2006, with the intention of earning a solid living by day and pursuing her greater passions on nights and weekends. Soon after graduation, she began craving the Rutgers heirloom tomatoes that her late grandfather had always grown in his garden. Unable to find good tomatoes available for purchase, she began participating in the local organic community garden and growing them herself. She found her true calling in that garden. Finances are difficult for farmers, so it wasn’t an easy transition. Land prices have skyrocketed in recent years while food prices (farm income) have remained low. Through careful planning, frugal living strategies, successful careers in the technology industry and a few side-jobs, she and her husband were finally able to purchase their country home on the ten acres of land that now comprise Strawberry Moon Farm in 2015. In 2020, Laura was laid off from her job in the technology industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic financial crisis. Although an unexpected layoff and recession would be devastating under most circumstances, in this case it was a blessing that gave Laura the nudge she needed to dive into full time farm life. Three years later, she has no regrets.
Laura currently writes the Strawberry Moon Farm blog, stewards the land at Strawberry Moon, and creates all the products you see in the farm shop. She’s also behind the camera at Reflected Spectrum Photography, helping other regenerative farmers showcase their work in the best possible light.
Laura is available for select speaking engagements. Please send inquiries through one of the Strawberry Moon Farm social media platforms or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.