ARLINGTON, Va. — Having The Best Pumpkin Patch in Massachusetts may not seem central to a successful dairy operation. But for Fletcher Farm outside Southampton, the patch – and the farmstand, and the recognition – together create the most important ingredient for her dairy’s success: Community.
“We feel pretty passionately about not only maintaining our farm roots, but also making sure that the community maintains some farm roots and an understanding of the work and effort that goes into it every day,” said Nicole Fletcher, who runs the farm with her father, Bob, and younger brother, Matthew.
In the latest Farmer Focus, Fletcher talks about the challenges and opportunities of running a small dairy in a densely populated area.
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–National Milk Producers Federation