Hannah’s passion for cooking and growing sprouted early, often overshadowing her academics. Though pursuing a degree in journalism in college, she spent the majority of her time transforming her backyard into a thriving garden and improving upon her culinary skills when she should have been at the library.
In 2017, after becoming a mother, she embraced the pursuit of farming as a career, agreeing to take over operation of a 30-year-old organic vegetable farm in Burnet, TX at risk of closing for good.
After honing her skills and completing Farmshare Austin’s “Farmer Starter” program, she managed Hairston Creek Farm successfully for two years.
There her knack for food preservation blossomed, creating delightful products from surplus produce and foraged ingredients.
The uncertainties of the pandemic led to the sale of the farm, prompting Hannah to launch “Han-Can,” a cottage food business specializing in preserving locally-sourced ingredients from all of the farm friends she’d met along the way.
Post-pandemic, she contributed to Urban American Farmer’s “Farm School for Chefs” and Sustainable Food Center’s “Farm Viability” team.
Today, as Farm Manager at Central Texas Food Bank, she continues her journey, merging farming expertise with a passion for giving back to the community and sustainable food systems.