Clessons River Farm

330 acres
60 milking cows


Melissa Griffin grew up the fifth generation on her family’s Buckland, Massachusetts farm and returned to join her parents, Paul and Judy Willis, after earning a master’s degree in trumpet performance. The accomplished musician still spends as many as four nights a week playing music in several different groups, including one of the oldest community bands in the country. “I really enjoy the music and a lot of the people I play with,” Melissa says, “but I always saw myself back on the farm.”

“It’s exciting to be able to make decisions as a family.”
- Melissa Griffin

Sharing ups and downs

“I see my parents every day and it’s great,” Melissa says. “It’s exciting to be able to make decisions as a family and share in the joys and successes on the farm,” says Melissa. “It’s nice to know your family is there on the not-so-good days.” Melissa has also followed in her dad’s footsteps in another way: both were involved in the Young Cooperators program, representing the next generation at co-op board meetings. She and Adam were even elected chaircouple to speak for all young cooperators at a National Milk Producers’ Federation meeting. “It has been a great opportunity to learn and to meet a lot of people nationally,” Melissa reflects.

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