A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Holly's dairy farm in Dansville, NY. In part I of this blog series, I spoke about visiting the calves and speaking with Holly, read below to hear the rest of the story from the day!
As the cows finished their 2nd milking of the day, they were released to fresh pasture-a distinct difference in their dairy operation than most others. They are smart and instinctual-knowing where to find the “freshest salad of the day”, as they willingly leave the milking parlor searching for fresh forage. The sun began to sit lower in the sky, clouds parted and revealed a sunny scene as the cows actively roamed the grounds. Picturesque? Absolutely. These are the little moments Holly and other farmers revel in, to see their livelihood happy and thriving. As more of us are becoming removed from our food system, it is important to remember that although it is these camera moments we think of when agriculture comes to mind, it is the hard work and dedication we seem to forget. Without the Burley’s and other farm families, agriculture wouldn’t continue to grow and change the way consumers demand it to. Farming teaches hard work, morals, and happiness. The Burley family truly imbibes the core of what it means to be a part of our food system, and Holly was sure to say that she wants her children to grow up the same way she did-in the barn and out in the fields. The day I visited it was truly a special occasion-it was her daughter Daisy’s first birthday. She recounted the story of how Daisy has been at the farm with her every day since she was only four days old! How different her childhood will be than most children her age-whereas 50 years ago the opposite would have been true in farming communities. How contrasted today’s world has become. Slowly people are beginning to ask those questions again of where their food comes from and hold stock in how it was raised. Looking towards the future, it is investments in producing quality milk and now dreams and visions of quality cheese that the Burley’s are focused on. The creamery is also in a time of change as construction is beginning to wrap up and cheese making will shortly begin. Check out our most recent photo update on our Facebook page, and see our first run at making cheese at the creamery!