In the beautiful Finger Lakes of New York, the Leubner family continues a multi-generation farming tradition, but they are also keeping up with the times. “I always knew I wanted to be a farmer,” says Tim Leubner, who, along with his sister, Karen, and brother, Ed, run the operation with continued help from their parents, Fred and Alice. Tim said he’s always loved to be outside and grow things. When he was a freshman in high school, he recalls planting his first pumpkins. “I couldn’t believe you could grow so much out of one little seed,” he says. That pumpkin patch has now sprawled to 60 acres.
But it’s Tim and his wife Erica’s daughters who are putting the farm in a modern kind of spotlight. “They’re go-getters,” their dad says. Evelyn, Claudia and, occasionally JoJo when she’s not busy on the soccer field, run an Instagram account @nyfarmgirls with an impressive 27,000 followers. They are also on Facebook and YouTube, where their channel description reads: 3 sisters agvocating for the wonderful world of farming. “They’re amazing and have such a positive voice sharing important information,” Tim says. “People should know where their food comes from.”