Our Family Farms has been a cooperative since 1997 but we have all been farming for many years before that. Many of us grew up on dairy farms so taking care of cows is in our blood. It’s what we do and we do it well.
We still name all of our cows! The cows are like our children, we care for them better than we care for ourselves. Only well-fed, comfortable, healthy cows are productive so we go to great lengths to ensure that each and every one of our girls is not just content but happy! We take such good care of our cows that the life expectancy of an Our Family Farms cow is twice the national average.
Our cows graze lush, green pastures as often as possible in the Spring, Summer and Fall. We make feed during those seasons and store it so that we have plenty of feed for the Winter.
We care about the health of our cows tremendously therefore we have pledged to not use rbST (growth hormones). There is no place for that on our farms!
Every cow has her own personality too. Some like to be rubbed under their chin at every milking, some need to have a conversation with you every time they see you and others feel that giving you a good lick is the best hello first thing in the morning!
As you can see we really care about our cows and we really care about you.
Bree-Z-Knoll Farm – Leyden, Massachusetts
We are Warren, Randy and Angie Facey of Bree-Z-Knoll Farm. Our Farm got its start in 1968 when the first generation, Warren and Sandie, bought their first two cows for their three children, as part of a 4-H project. Randy, began taking over farm management responsibilities in 2001, and in 2004 married Angie who came aboard with her family’s herd and helped form the second generation, which currently runs the farm. Lisa and Mike’s four children, and Randy and Angie’s 3 children make the third generation who have become involved in 4-H and like to show their heifers at the local fairs. Our farm, on a beautiful hillside in Leyden, MA is 350 acres, although we farm 650 acres in all. Currently, we milk 120 cows with Lely robots. We also have 20 dry cows and 100 replacement heifers. We use rotational grazing in the spring, summer and fall and grow our own feed for the winter.
We still know all of our cows by name! By farming, our family can preserve the land, open space and the environment, and that is important to us. You support us, local farmers, whenever you drink Our Family Farms milk. We thank you!
Gould Maple Farm – Shelburne, Massachusetts
Founded in the 1700s, today Gould Maple Farm is worked by the 4th, 5th, and 6th generations of Goulds. Every day, we care for our 200 dairy cows and work some 600 acres of tillable land, pastures, and woodland. For us, farming is more than a family endeavor, because our neighbors and friends have always helped us keep the farm going.
Joining Our Family Farms of Western Massachusetts is our way of working together with other area farmers to ensure the future of farming in the valley.
Thank you for your support. – The Gould Family