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My husband, Stephen, and I run Fleury's Maple Hill Farm. The farm was bought in 1929 by Stephen's grandfather, Noah Fleury. The dairy barn on the farm was originally built in the 1890's. Our dairy herd is still housed in that barn today, although over the years several additions have made it larger. Noah also built a sugar house and started a maple sugaring operation in 1936. We still use that sugar house for making our maple syrup. Stephen's father and mother, Daton and Virginia Fleury, bought the farm in 1960. They converted the grade, mixed breed dairy herd over to all registered Jerseys. In 1998, my husband and I took over management of this 260 acre rocky, hillside farm. We own the cows and equipment and rent the farm land and buildings from Stephen's parents. Our all registered Jersey herd consists of 35 milking cows and 25 heifers. The herd is rotationally grazed in the summer and housed in the tie-stall barn in the winter. We sell our milk to Agri-Mark/Cabot Cooperative. We also sell Jersey heifers to other farmers for dairy replacements. In addition, we have a 2000 tap maple sugar bush. High vacume pipeline transfers the maple sap to the wood-fired sugar house. The rustic sugar house does not have any electricity and is located a 1/4 mile walk into the sugar woods. We sell our retail maple syrup at the farm house and through the internet and sell our bulk syrup through the Franklin County Maple Sugar Makers Co-op. We really enjoy showing other people our farm and discussing agriculture with them, so we always welcome visitors to Fleury's Maple Hill Farm.
Annaliese Wegner wrote an excellent guest blog entitled "There is more than one way to dairy farm" for the October edition of Progressive Dairyman. I agree with her sentiments exactly! Before we sold our herd, we were a third generation, 35 cow, pasture based, tie stall dairy, but we never derided other dairy farmers or the way they chose to run their farms. Now-a-days there are so many different ways to farm - large or small scale farms, high tech or low tech methods and equipment,…Continue
Steve and I are part of the Franklin County Dairy Promotion group, which set up a booth at the Enosburg Falls Dairy Festival this past weekend. Our dairy promotion group borrowed a full size plastic cow statue from the St. Albans Milk Co-op and used her to attract attention to our booth. This cow also had some special features. She was able to “moo” and could even be milked!…Continue
We still call them "our" cows even though they are at a new farm now. Joe, the buyer of our herd, just sent us a message and said, and I quote, “I’m so glad that I bought them. I love these girls to death. So much personality. I think that they were the perfect fit for us.” What a great message for us to receive! It almost brought tears to my eyes to know that "our" cows are doing so well and are so well loved! We are extremely happy that we sold our herd to him and not to someone else. We…Continue
I just read Yevet Tenney's article in Progressive Dairyman entitled “Writing Your Memories In Advance”. It asked what kind of memories you would have as a senior citizen while you were sitting in your rocking chair looking back over your life. That got me to thinking about all the memories that Steve and I have made during our 16 years running the farm. There are a lot of really good ones. Seeing a newborn calf stand up for the first time. Watching that…Continue