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Dr. Brent Ridge  

Co-Founder, Beekman 1802 Co-Star, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Author, Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook

Brent Ridge and his partner, Josh Kilmer-Purcell were typical stressed out New Yorkers who dreamed of a simple life in the country at a cozy weekend home. But the house they purchased in Sharon Springs, N.Y., in 2006, came with an entire farm — and since then, life has been anything but relaxed.

Ridge, a former doctor and vice president for healthy living at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Kilmer-Purcell, an advertising executive, made a giant leap of faith and co-founded Beekman 1802, a goat farm and green lifestyle company. Their reality show The Fabulous Beekman Boys, on Discovery's Planet Green network, chronicles their struggles to adapt to country life, and is quickly gaining recognition and fans worldwide


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The Story of Beekman 1802

Whether speaking by himself or with his partner, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Dr. Brent Ridge shares the unlikely story of how two Manhattanites built a thriving goat farm business. Placing value on quality, craftsmanship and a green lifestyle, Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell are committed to helping local farmers and craftsmen in their community create their own sustainable businesses. They have expanded Beekman’s products from goat’s milk and soap to scarves, stationery and other products lovingly made by local artisans.

Shared with honesty, relatable anecdotes, inspiration and lots of humor, the story of Beekman 1802 encompasses entrepreneurship, taking risks, embracing change and following your passion. It is a true example of the positive impact one business can have on an entire community.


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