True to her farm name, Linda Stone raises Jersey cows in Sadieville, Kentucky. Brook-Lin Jerseys dairy was the first raw milk farm in Kentucky to be accredited by Animal Welfare Approved. Linda Stone started Brook-Lin Jerseys nearly 30 years ago, but only recently has there been a high demand for her milk.
Matthew Hight is either upholding tradition or bucking convention, but he’’s doing something right. The twenty-three year old Macon, North Carolina native has been farming his whole life, and is continuing that tradition on land that has been in the family for generations. The Hight family is not new to pasture-based management, but has witnessed the larger trend towards confinement operations and market consolidation.
The Parkers run a 19-acre diversified farm in Hurdle Mills, N.C. with the help of their four children: Mandi, Tiffany, Kendall and Martin. Both Renee and Randall grew up on farms, and they now farm land that has been in Randall’s family for many generations. The Parkers recently expanded their operation to include pastured Animal Welfare Approved pigs for the wholesale market.