I’m Jennifer and Dirigo Farm is my dream to push along, but the whole family is part of it.
I love learning new skills and working outside at the ever-changing jobs involved with farming, and have so much respect for the lifelong farmers I’ve come to know. The ‘circle of life’ strategies of letting animals do the work fascinates me and I’m proud that we have so little waste on our farm — what we don’t eat, the chickens or goats do.
My husband Rus is a Maine Guide, loves to fish, hunt, keep a garden that feeds us 6 months of the year and fix cranky old farm equipment. He has retired from full-time off the farm, but still serves on numerous other boards and his support and hard work have made our “farm” dreams possible.
Finally a cutter! And for 2018 we’ll get an old FOrd baler working to harvest our hay when it’s ready.
Rachel graduated from UMass and lives in San Franciso working at Facebook, but is a great cheerleader from afar. She makes it home to help with kidding and is ever available with words of encouragement, or breaking apart questions I’ve debated too long. Plus she nags about being able to get away.
Alden, our teenager, has a gift for animals and is thoughtful about them in a way no one else is, but resists the concept strongly. While Rus and I work through the never-ending weekend chore list, Alden will reflect on a particular chicken or goat behavior that we fail to observe. He is at Holyoke Community College making Dean’s list and Assistant Manager at the Williamsburg General Store, and I hope will come to appreciate growing up in a rural place.
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