U.S. agriculture may be increasingly industrialized, but there are still farm families in the country with success stories to share.
Willow Hill Farm
In northern Vermont, just 50 miles from the Canadian border, Willow Smart and husband David Phinney bought an abandoned dairy farm in 1991.
“It was in pretty bad shape when we got here,” said Smart, noting that the couple grew a variety of vegetables at first — despite the short growing season in northern New England.
“You’ve got between 90 and 120 days to raise a crop,” she said.
Twenty years later, the couple have transformed their operation into Willow Hill Farm, where the main product is cheese. There are about 100 sheep on hand along with 15 to 20 cows that provide milk for the seven types of organic cheese turned out.