Lucas Dairy Farm LLC

Starksboro, VT
730 acres
250 milking cows

Transition of a different kind

While many Cabot farms represent generations of family, there are first-generation dairy farmers among the co-op community. In some cases, like that of Lucas Dairy Farm, those younger farmers still benefit from the mentorship of seasoned co-op members. Jon Lucas first worked closely with longtime co-op member Dave Russell in Starksboro, Vermont before settling in nearby Orwell on another Cabot farm owned by brothers, Tom and Mike Audet. “It’s not easy to start out when you’re first generation” Jon says. “You’ve got to have people like them who are willing to put their trust in you.”

Jon and Kristie Lucas wanted to raise their kids on a farm.
It's been a long road to get where we are. I think we’re here to stay.
- Jon Lucas

Supportive community

Life and work on the farm suits Jon and Kristie. “This is the life we wanted for our family,” Jon says. The commute is short and Kristie can help with the books and be there for the kids, who are growing up outdoors around nature and animals. “I love the life and it’s a great place to live and raise a family,” Jon says. “And probably most important, the community is helpful and likes for its farms to succeed.”

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