McCollum Orchards, LLC
Bree and Rich Woodbridge own McCollum Orchards, nestled below the Niagara Escarpment in Lockport, NY (just north of Buffalo). The farm was established in 1827 by Rich’s great-great-great-grandfather, Hiram McCollum and his brother Joel, one of Lockport’s founding fathers. It has been passed down through the generations ever since. McCollum Orchards, LLC is Bree and Rich’s effort to save the 6th-generation family farm property and make it a place of community pride once again. Their goal is to reestablish a thriving family farm and share its unique history. To do that, they are becoming farmers, restorers and business owners all at once.
Location: Lockport, NY
Top 3 Products: Summer CSA, Season extension shares, heirloom apples and pears
How has the Profit Team Program helped your farm?: The Profit Team Program has helped us clarify our farm goals and stay on track to achieve them.
When you envision your farm business five years from now, what differences do you see?: A thriving, diversified farm that honors that past and embraces the future.
If you weren’t a farmer, what would your dream job be?: We had previous careers in corporate market research and international development.
What is your best piece of advice for an aspiring farmer?: Running a farm business involves constantly anticipating and meeting the needs of the land, plants, customers and farmers and being able to make decisions that have effects on future seasons.