Unfinished Business: The Story of Ayers Brook Goat Dairy
When Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery first opened, they relied on local farms to supply them with enough quality goat's milk to craft their now-famous cheese. But goat dairies are hard to come by in the Green Mountain State, so Allison Hooper and the rest of the VBCC crew thought up a solution crazy enough to work -- open their own dairy.
Word got around that Vermont Butter and Cheese suddenly woke up on Monday morning and declared themselves a couple of goat farmers. The experts knew that was a scary image. Rene Deleeuw, a renowned goat expert from New York State called to offer himself up as a farm manager. A new farm built from scratch in Vermont where he could develop superior genetics and organize the animals and labor just the right way was his dream come true. For a guy who has spent 30 years in the business this was an opportunity to prove that dairy goat farming is indeed a viable and rewarding agricultural business. And thus his legacy farm begins.
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