Kendra grew up on a pasture-based dairy farm in the Midwest. After earning her degrees from Michigan State University, she became a community organizer for the Sierra Club, helping communities threatened by factory farms. Kendra’s community organizing work took her to rural communities in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota before she moved to Oregon in 2003.
Kendra took a brief hiatus from anti-factory farm organizing and worked on political campaigns for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. In 2005, Kendra founded the group, Friends of Family Farmers, an Oregon-based non-profit that organized to oppose Threemile Canyon Farms, a 55,000-head dairy factory outside of Boardman, Oregon.
In 2006, she began consulting work for the GRACE Factory Farming Project and started a small farm in Colton, Oregon. Kendra later joined the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project (SRAP), and in 2012, she became Chief Executive Officer of SRAP. Kendra and her husband currently farm 70 acres in Scio, Oregon where they breed and raise heritage breeds of pigs, chickens, and turkeys. Kendra is an avid equestrian, and in her spare time, she’s usually riding her horse.
Q&A with Kendra on the Ecocentric blog.