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Xavier Magazine | July 26, 2017

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Baking the World a Better Place

Caroline Purtell

What do a psychology major and a lemon cookie have in common? More than you’d think.

After graduating in 1997, Christie Hosea’s grandfather approached her about helping start a family business. Hosea agreed, and along with her mother and brother, they formed Our Family Farm, a non-profit business in Newport, Ky., that produces all-natural vanilla and lemon cookies, and baked cheese and wheat crackers, and gives the profits to children’s charities.

“We felt like if we were going to give profits from the sale of our products to children’s charities, we certainly did not want to sell products that were harmful to children,” Hosea says.

The products are not only good for you, they’re good. The Washington Post ranked Our Family Farm’s Captain’s Catch Baked Cheese Crackers No. 1 in a national taste test among other all-natural cracker brands.

Hosea is one smart cookie, so her job is, well, pretty much everything related to the business end. “With my psychology degree, I feel I am able to have a better feel for our customer base and work with people from around the world,” she says.

Our Family Farm recently started exporting its product line and already established a presence through natural food stores and online at www.ourfamilyfarm.org. “Every minute of my job is worth something special in the future for a child in need,” Hosea says.

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