A Story of Sustaining Vermont Agriculture
Launched in 1984, Vermont Creamery started as a farmstead operation on an 80-goat dairy farm in Brookfield Vermont. From the start co-founders Bob Reese and Allison Hooper had a vision of dairy goats flourishing on the hillside farms of Vermont. They cajoled local farmers to milk goats and sell their milk to the creamery. Today, 28 years later, 20 Vermont goat farms ship their milk to Vermont Creamery. Staying true to their commitment to sustain local agriculture, Vermont Creamery is investing in the future of goat farming by creating a sustainable goat dairy in Randolph Vermont, a land conservation partnership where existing and future farmers can learn good animal management and acquire good genetics for the future.
Conservation Partnership and Model Goat Dairy —
Randolph, Vermont — Opening 2014!
For over 40 years, Carol and Perry Hodgdon operated their Dairy of Distinction in a bucolic valley in Randolph, Vermont. In 2001, they sold their herd of Jersey cows, but continued growing and supplying hay and corn for other local farms. A long-time conservation priority for the Town of Randolph, their broad, flat spread of farmland along Ayers Brook includes over 100 acres of prime agricultural soils. Facing retirement, and courted by development opportunities, they instead sold the farm to Evergreen Conservation Partners, L3C — a partnership of three private foundations.
Vermont Creamery, in partnership with Evergreen Conservation Partners, are collaborating to establish a model commercial goat dairy on the farm to serve as a catalyst for fostering the growth of the goat dairy industry in Vermont.
“Our shared vision is for an environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant goat dairy industry that will help conserve
and protect the region’s working landscape, as well as foster jobs
and agricultural economic development opportunities throughout
The project’s goal is to develop the farm as a teaching venue for farmers throughout the United States, and provide onsite training opportunities for students from Vermont schools and colleges. The farm would support best management practices for the production of fluid goat’s milk, and support efforts to improve the genetic quality and quantity of dairy goats by offering high-quality replacement stock to the region’s farms.
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