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Sanctuary Dairy Farm Sunapee, NH
Sanctuary Dairy Farm Sunapee, NH
Ice Cream Dreams At the age of nine, tenth-generation dairy farmer Beck Johnson had a dream. Like lots of kids, he dreamt of ice cream—but in this case, he wanted to make it, not just eat it. And so Sanctuary...
Rupert Valley Holsteins West Rupert, VT
Rupert Valley Holsteins West Rupert, VT
Family Working Together Mark and Mike Lourie are twin brothers who own Rupert Valley Holsteins Farm in West Rupert, Vermont. They have about 400 milkers and 275 young stock, and manage about 850 acres of cropland. Mark manages farm finances and employees; Mike handles the crops and...
Chambers Farm LLC
Chambers Farm, LLC Heuvelton, NY
A Family Tradition As the Chambers Farm sign proudly proclaims, farming has been “a family tradition” since 1898—and the tradition continues. The baton has passed into the hands of Dan Chambers, who grew up the second youngest of six kids and eventually joined his parents, Ken and Peg, to keep...
Caverly Farms
Caverly Farms Clinton, ME
From 4-H to 400 Milkers The Caverly Farm started out close to 75 years ago as a small 4-H project for the family, a passion that has grown into a multi-generation business. In 1962, Frank Caverly formed a partnership with his brothers EC and...
A. Ooms & Sons Dairy Farm
A. Ooms & Sons Dairy Farm Valatie, NY
American Dream With a farming history dating back to the 15th century in his native Netherlands, Adrian Ooms immigrated to the United States in 1950 on his own quest for the American Dream. He found it in the fertile Hudson River...
Four Hills Farm
Four Hills Farm Bristol, VT

There are many rolling hills in the pastoral landscape around Four Hills Farm, but its name actually refers to a different kind of hill entirely. The four Hill siblings – Ron, Brian, Joanne and Kevin – purchased the family farm from their parents, Jeanette and Robert, who are technically retired, but still involved. There are even three from the next generation of Hills back on the farm after each earned a degree in different aspect of agriculture: Elizabeth and Britney, Brian’s daughters, and Megan, Ron’s oldest.

Flood Brohers Farm
Flood Brothers Farm Clinton, ME

The Floods have been farming the fields of central Maine for more than 200 years. Their land, which runs for miles alongside the Kennebec River, is currently home to three generations and employs 12 family members plus another 30 people. “For us, family not only includes our relations, but our employees, many of whom have been with us for decades, says Jenni Tilton-Flood who married Dana Flood, a member of the third generation.

Five Mile Farm
Five Mile Farm Lisbon, NY
Five Mile Farm has been in the Akins family since the mid-1800s. Today, the fifth, sixth and seventh generations work together on the farm with an eye to future generations as well. All new efforts on the farm, explains Mark Akins, have at least a 30-year outlook.“We ask ourselves, ‘Are we doing this for immediate satisfaction, or are we building this for the future?’” he says. “Everything we do has to be sustainable.”
Farmer Hodge's Dairy
Farmer Hodge's Dairy Fairlee, VT
There is deep history on the Hodge farm. It is officially a Century Farm, having been run continuously by the family since 1846. Herb and Bev, who are proud nonagenarians, have been married for over sixty years. Their daughter, Cindy Frazee and her husband, Russ, have taken over the daily farm operations but the Hodges still keep a sharp eye on things.
Fairmont Farm
Fairmont Farm East Montpelier & Craftsbury, VT
When she was growing up on her family’s dairy farm, Clara Ayer often rode her horse up the hill to a beautiful stand of tall pines where she later got married. Clara has returned to work full-time on the farm alongside her brother Ricky Hall, and their first cousin, Tucker Purchase, as the third generation of family farmers. They have joined Clara and Ricky’s parents, Richard and Bonnie Hall, who had gradually taken over from Richard’s parents.
EMMA Acres
EMMA Acres Exeter, RI

Cynthia and Scooter LaPrise raised their four childrenElizabeth, Matthew, Alex and Maggieon the farm they named after the first initials of each of their offspring. Supporting Cabot and Rhody Fresh is just one way that the community can support family-operated dairy farms, the local economy and the preservation of farmland and open space. The LaPrise family offeranother way through their recently opened farm store, which stocks a full line of dairy products as well as local beef, pork and honey and other delicious foods. Gardeners can purchase rich bagged compost and cow manure.

Emergo Farm
Emergo Farm Danville, VT

At Emergo Farm Bed & Breakfast, guests can enjoy a relaxing country vacation with beautiful views and a warm farm-family welcome to a sixth-generation dairy operation. The farm dates back to 1858 when Bebo Webster’s great-great-great grandparents began farming in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The original barns were built in the 1890s with craftsmanship you don’t see much anymore, fastened with the pegs of traditional post-and-beam construction. Visitors can even see the original outhouse, although they don’t have to use it.