Emily Shifflett, COO
Sustainable, delicious food is Emily's passion. She began her career as a farmer, raising various grass-fed and pasture-raised animals for meat, dairy and eggs. Since then, she’s been a butcher, a cheesemonger and a barista, and she’s training to be a sommelier. In Emily's free time, you might find her chasing new recipes (in the kitchen or out and about), playing Dungeons and Dragons, and spending time with her family.
Brianna Klein, Operations Intern
After a stint in the Army and a job in construction management, Bree decided to follow her passion for regenerative agriculture. She quit her job, moved to Wyoming, and learned how to become a cattle rancher. She fell completely in love, and when she heard about KOL Foods, she knew immediately that this was her dream job. KOL Foods combines three of her great passions: regenerative agriculture, eating grass-fed beef, and Judaism. Bree's other hobbies include exercising, health/nutrition, meditation, politics, remodeling houses, dogs, scuba diving, learning (theology, science, etc.), cryptocurrency markets, and reading. Some of her goals are to learn Hebrew, become a volunteer fire fighter, and volunteer with the foster care community.
Leo, Employee Happiness Specialist
The friendliest and most loving pup you'll ever meet, Leo is a one-year-old bundle of fun who skyrockets the already high morale at KOL Foods. An undetermined retriever mix, he loves the dog park, chasing cows, squirrels, and lizards, tummy rubs, eating horse poop, and backpacking in the mountains with his owner. He is afraid of banjos, strollers, and suitcases.
Among Our Farmers
Poultry Farmers Jane and Dave, Thurmont, MD
Raising healthy animals is Jane's "passion as well as profession." Jane and Dave feel such compassion and gratitude when raising their animals. "They give so much to us," Jane says. "Giving them a good life is the least we can do." Jane and Dave work hard to build community around sustainable agriculture and are always willing to give a tour. They became interested in sustainable agriculture because it works with nature instead of fighting against it.
Cattle Rancher Mike, Strasburg, VA
Since 1997, Mike has run a certified organic, family owned and operated farm. He believes in allowing animals to do what they were made to do - graze peacefully and grow naturally - with minimal interference. "It's important for us to be committed to our ideals of raising healthy animals in conditions that encourage natural behavior," Mike says. Mike's cattle graze on fields managed organically without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.