Join us for my conversation with Mary Heffernan, a serial entrepreneur and owner of Five Marys Farms. Building a successful life in Silicon Valley might sound like a dream come true, but for Mary she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was missing.
Before moving to the country, Mary and her husband Brian owned and operated 11 small businesses in Menlo Park. But when they struggled to source ethically raised meat for their two farm-to-table restaurants, Mary, ever the entrepreneur, decided to use this as an opportunity to start a ranch of their own.
I knew when I met Mary that this was a woman who would defy the odds and build a successful ranching business from scratch. Mary is tenacious, with a tireless work ethic and the unique ability to stay on track even when obstacles are put in her way. It’s been wonderful to see Five Marys Farms succeed and gain nationwide attention.
So much has changed since I visited four years ago. When putting together our first season line-up I knew Mary was someone I wanted to catch back up with. I hope you enjoy our conversation about her journey from city life to ranch life. While Mary’s values and vantage have shifted, she continues to dream up, and actualize numerous successful ventures from her rural locale.