Invited by New England Dairy Council to be a panelist at Breakfast Summit with food service directors from all over the state. Talking about dairy as a local food, 365 days/year.
Capstone speaker at Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference
February 24, 2017 Kearney, NE
Spoke to 200 women farmers from across Nebraska about my farm, our family businesses and the importance of connecting with both the generations of farmers and consumers at the University of Nebraska's 32nd annual Women in Agriculture Conference.
Entrepreneur - The Lessons that cows can teach
January 26, 2017
Entrepreneur features a story about how the lessons we learned from the transition to using robotic milking units to milk our cows can be applied to business entrepreneurs.
Speaker at Minnesota Women in Agriculture Conference
February 16, 2017 Wilmar, MN
Led 2 breakout sessions with presentation titled; Entrepreneurship-Adding Value, Sharing Passion at the very first Women in Agriculture Conference hosted by University of Minnesota Extension.
OZY News - A day in the life of a cow crap cultivator
My favorite time of year, when winter's chill finally breaks and the weeds haven't outgrown the plants that were intentionally planted, including the daffodils and crocuses! This is the original barn, now a historic landmark, where my grandpa and grandma began milking cows in the 1950s.
Raking hay to make haylage to feed the cows to make the milk and poop!
The girls I hang with
When you have an abundance of swiss chard and kale, and the kids at home won't eat them, these bovines sure don't mind the addition to their all you can eat buffet.
Did you know that we work with a registered dietician, but in farm talk, we call him our dairy nutritionist. Ed analyzes the quality of our farm grown forages and balances the diet to meet our cows' needs!
Making Pots from Manure
like making lemonade from lemons.
Our dairy farm was started with the intent to produce high quality, nutritious milk. But our cows make a lot of poo as well and so we actually make a value added product on our farm called CowPots! Our cows' manure is digested, composted and formed into biodegradable, plantable pots!
The original Cowbell
While in WV to deliver the keynote speech at their 2016 Women in Agriculture Conference, I met the very first female majority whip from the State Legislature who also had the claim to fame of being the original cowbell! A group of female cattle farmers had joined together in the 50s and 60s and they chose to call themselves 'Cowbells'. It just so happens that a group of dairy women (myself included) started meeting in 2016in northwest Connecticut by the same name!
One of my favorite parts of being on the farm is working with my sister! How many careers allow you to do that?
We work with our neighbor farm to get crop work done. By working together we can get 250 acres of corn harvested in 4 days, which allows us to maintain high quality feed for our cows.
How I start each morning!
Looking west over our new barn, our John Deere and mixer wagon and Canaan Mountain. My morning chore is to feed our 350 cows each day.
Panelist at Harvest New England
March 9, 2017 Sturbridge, MA
Participated in 2 panels at Harvest New England about the importance of social media to promote our farm products and to share our farm story online:
Media Strategies: When Things Go Right….and Wrong
Social meda 360: Promoting Farmer Owned Brands Online
As a previous Peace Corps volunteer, I never left my hut without my chapstick, Nalgene, a roll of toilet paper, a spare bike inflation and my utility knife. I still have my basic essentials...but now they include a notebook, iphone charger, plaid heels, CowPots and snack bars of cheese!
Farming in New England
No matter the temperature, holiday, weather or special events happening that day, we make sure we mix up fresh feed every single day, 365 days/year for our cows. Even on cold, wet, snowy mornings like this.
Cabot Blog: Farmer Friday
Cabot Cooperative blog
In 2014, I collaborated with a fellow farmer to organize a social media campaign we called, #farmlove. For the month of February we encouraged as many people as possible to post on social media with the things that gave them farm love! This blog post features my reasons for having farm love.
Hot Apple Cider Donuts
We are especially lucky that my mom has a bakery. When we're in the middle of harvest (pushing up our corn pile) she delivers us hot, fresh treats!
Putting the family in family farm
Some projects take 2, but now it's my little brother who makes sure he's doing the heavy lifting. Working towards putting the 2nd generation in an 'advisory' role to help the next generation with taking on the management. This flat tire was 100% my fault, but luckily I have a brother and a dad to come to the rescue.
Raking hay when the sun shines
Harvesting our hay crop can happen up to 4 times between May and October. This is the view looking south on our home farm. My grandfather farmed these same fields 65 years ago!
Because she's a Jersey
When 99% of your herd is the black and white type (Holsteins) you have a tendency to pick on Jersey cows. She's the only Jersey in the herd, and she demonstrates her differences on a daily basis...every other cow walks into her stall, where as Jersey backs in, so that she's facing out when she lays down!
From here to there
Our cows produce about 2300 gallons of milk each day. And each day the the milk truck driver shows up to take our milk to the processing plant. Did you know that within 48 hours, milk travels from cow to store. That's how fresh it is!
Cabot plaid, even for the cows
These jackets are as fashionable as they are functional. Keeping our calves warm when cooler temperatures take affect, while making for really good photo ops ;)