This post is part of our Labor of Love series, featuring Creamery employees and friends. Click here to read other profiles like this.

Great cheese comes from great milk and great milk comes from happy goats. At Ayers Brook Goat Dairy, Farm Manager Miles Hooper works daily to maintain our animals’ wellbeing, quality of life and overall health. As the eldest son of Allison Hooper, Vermont Creamery’s co-Founder, Miles is no stranger to goat farming or artisan cheese. We caught up with him to hear his labor of love story.

How long have you worked here?

Four years fulltime at the Ayers Brook and before that, I worked at the Creamery during my summers off.

My favorite Vermont Creamery product is…

Bonne Bouche and Crème Fraiche

What’s on your bucket list?

To live on a dirt road

What’s the first thing you do when you get to work every morning?

I walk into the barn to see how much feed is left over. Then, I go to the computer and adjust my excel spreadsheet to reflect the total number of animals in each group, because animals move from group to group every day. Next, I start the tractor and mixer wagon and start mixing the feed for the day behind the barn.

How do you describe Vermont Creamery to people that have never heard of us?

We are mission driven with the highest emphasis on quality and long-term sustainability.

What are you doing when you’re not here?

I am at home in my backyard holding my son, Olcott, and talking with his mother, Daryll.
 

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