I was born and raised in Minnesota and reluctantly spent time on my grandparent’s farm in Iowa during summers of my youth.
My grandfather’s response when I told him I was marrying a farmer was, “No shit” and my grandmother’s was “Don’t do it”.
Here I am today (December 2016) married to my husband, James, raising our nearly 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son while we both manage his family’s 4th generation dairy farm.
Since I joined the farm in 2013 we have expanded to offer our own beef, pork, eggs, and chicken in addition to all of the milk and cream we bottle on-site and sell in our farm store. We have focused on this diversifying, offering CSA memberships to our most loyal customers, and adding agritourism on the farm while also maintaining some wholesale relationships with restaurants in Worcester. The best thing about my job is that I get to do it all: I manage our store and staff, all of our marketing, and work with much of our livestock on a daily basis while raising our own next generation of farmers.
I have been a Farm Bureau member for just under five years and have enjoyed all of my involvement. I have a large passion for philanthropy and focusing on giving back to the community with activities like our Harvest for All involvement.
Farm Bureau has given me an incredible network of friends and colleagues to depend on whether it be a 2AM call for assistance with farrowing or having a friend to drive to Maine with to buy chicken crates. I am forever grateful to the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee.
Please visit https://www.coopershilltopfarm.com/ for more information on Cooper’s Hilltop Farm in Leicester, Massachusetts.