Pleasantville Farm

Warren, ME
28 milking cows, 28 young stock

It began with butter

Unlike many co-op members, Scott and Martha Monroe are relative newcomers to the farming profession but they love it just as much. They started Pleasantville Farm in 1999 as a small diversified farm with beef cows and chickens. After they added a couple of milking cows, they milked the cows by hand into a bucket, separated the cream, and churned fresh butter every day. Around 2003, they increased to seven milkers and started shipping a small quantity of milk. It has grown slowly but steadily from there.

The Monroes nurture both calves and kids.
Everyone pitches in when it’s time to hay at the farm.
“I didn't grow up on a farm, but I’ve come to love the life. It's family, the animals and the land. What more could you ask?"
- Martha Monroe

Small farm, big heart

The Monroes consider their farm part of the community and open their barn to all. Parents love to drop their kids off with Martha because they know they are learning about the land, getting lessons about agriculture and animal care, and spending time outdoors. Friends and neighbors stop by with friends and relatives to show off their local dairy farm. School groups and scout troops also come through regularly. “The work is relentless,” admits Martha, “but it’s the most joyful and fun work I could imagine.

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