Mackenzie Beckwith knew she wanted to do something that would combine her love of the outdoors with the property her family has owned for generations in North Franklin, Connecticut. As a little girl, she rode horses and pitched in on the farm, which included a large auction house operated by her grandmother. Over time, that business closed and the building sat there. Beckwith began to make plans.
As a student in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, she majored in horticulture and minored in agricultural business, where her instructor, Associate Extension Educator Joseph Bonelli, gave her tips she follows today. All the while she was planning what she would do with the land and the building in North Franklin.