Brush Hill Farm in the small town of Bozrah isn’t the biggest dairy farm in the state, but this year, it’s been named Connecticut’s Dairy Farm of the Year, the 2017 Green Pasture Award winner. The winners, Sarah, her husband, Texas Moon, and their family oversee 35 dairy cows and their heifers on about 160 acres.
For six generations the Cushman family has farmed acreage in North Franklin. Started on 155 acres at the homestead, today the Cushman and Smith families manage nearly 1,800 acres of cropland in three towns.
Graywall Farms started business in 1989 when they leased a 185 acre dairy farm and bought farm equipment and 80 cows.
Graywall Farms has grown to include 900 acres of owned land, with 725 acres protected by Connecticut’s farmland preservation program.
Like his father before him, and his father before him, Jeff Cone is tied to the land. He is the fourth generation of farmers in the Cone family, and Jeff hopes it will move to the fifth somewhere down the line.
River Plain Dairy was named Connecticut Dairy Farm of the Year, as the 2014 winner of the New England Green Pastures Award. “I think it’s great to be recognized as a small farm,” he explains.
This beautiful two-hundred-acre “Dairy Farm of Distinction” is owned by Shawn McGillicuddy, the third generation to run the farm. Square A Farm milks over 200 head, producing 14,000 gallons of milk daily. Shawn and his team are committed to superior animal care and milk quality, producing their own high-quality silage to feed their cows and adhering to the highest standards.
Agriculture is a part of life for the Learned family. Valley View Dairy started with humble beginnings and the now owners, Ben and Tim Learned, have slowly expanded their herd, improving their facilities along the way. Ben and Tim are ecstatic they “get to do what [they] love every day,” and are committed to high quality milk, transparency and continual improvement.