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Starting Our Dairy Farm From Scratch

this is the story of how two sailors

became dairy farmers Stacey grew up

riding milk trucks and so he always knew

he wanted to do something in the dairy

industry I had never done anything like

that but I was willing to learn

in 2010 we found 40 acres north of Chula

there's a wonderful property with lots

of potential that first year we camped

on the farm and then the farm waited the

next year we built a little shack and

lived in that little did I know how much

building was in my future this was a

cozy place to stay as we worked on

projects while going back and forth from

wherever Stacy was stationed and the

farm waited

in the meantime we acquired equipment

most of it required a little work the

first and most important improvement we

made to the farm was getting water we

sought out learning opportunities on

other people's dairies we had our farm

plowed and seeded to grass our first

crop was weedy rained on hay

but it was our weedy rained on hay and

we were proud of it and the farm waited

we even took a trip to the island of

Jersey to see where the Jersey cows came

from then we did more farming things

like soil samples in 2013 we made some

great improvements on our farm including

installing the windmill and building our

machine shed Paul barn

we continued to work on other dairies

and visiting and talking with other

dairy farmers and the farm waited we got

the land certified organic and then we

built some fence a lot of fence

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and all that old equipment we've been

acquiring it was time to start fixing it

up

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we over seated some pastures planted

some trees got a weather station from

the University and Virginia got a

brand-new shiny tractor we harvest some

hay we lost some hay to the rain and the

farm waited we learned a lot about the

different wildlife and plants on our

farm we even did a workshop learning

about driving draft horses we work some

more on our buildings and painted lots

and lots of painting

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we finally got making hay down and put

up a good crop

all the while Stacey was in the Coast

Guard and we moved around and continue

to work and network with other farmers

and the farm waited we bought 12 1971

Kenworth that was one of my dad's old

milk trucks and we got septic installed

Virginia was very excited about that we

worked on other projects that would buy

at our time and then before we knew it

it was time to design and build our

house

as a sidenote virginia vows never to do

concrete again

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and the farm waited finally after years

of planning and hard work it was time to

bring life to the farm and we started

with our four Jersey cats we put up a

good crop of hay an addition was added

on to the house and we were excited to

have my mom moved to the farm the calves

became mischievious teenage heifers and

we made it through the winter and the

farm waited the heifers continued to

grow and then we needed to build a barn

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after 20 long years in the Coast Guard

I finally retired and I'm looking

forward to many years ahead as a dairy

farmer we're excited to be launching our

new dairy business this summer and are

very happy that the farm no longer has

to wait