Cabot farmer Jenni Tilton-Flood of Flood Brothers Farm in Clinton, Maine spent some time this fall visiting other Cabot farms in her area. Her assignment was to not only share her beautiful images of the places and people she encountered, but also to write about her experience from a farmer’s perspective.
In part two of her three-part series, Jenni visits The Huff Family Farm in Wellington, Maine.
When you pull into the drive at Huff Family Farm in Wellington, Maine the beauty of the land just might take your breath away and you be justified in thinking it would be hard to match the excellence of the view.
This family farm and their 102 calves and cows have roots in this land that goes back generation upon generation.
Owner, son, husband and father Joel Huff spends his morning milkings in their immaculate tie stall barn caring and tending their 33 milk cows with open doors providing views to the Northeast horizon as well as to the West where those already milked are out enjoying their morning constitutional.
As Joel’s dad works silently at chores bedding and tidying the now empty barn Joel and his wife Wendy talk in tandem and seamlessly about the blessings of farming and raising their daughter Alexandra on a farm. For Wendy “There is more than one best thing…the best of nature, peace and quiet…” For Joel this is the only life he has ever known and he is perfectly content with that because being a farmer, “is something I do…” he says, and he doesn’t know what he would do with a vacation or without farming.
Between the conversation, the view, the cows, and the company it is hard to tear yourself away and let these good people get on with their very busy day, so like any good farmer I actually follow Joel to his next set of chores across the road, down the hill, past a newly erected building where I come to learn a schoolhouse once stood. As Joel takes a moment from putting hay in front of his young heifers and leans on his pitchfork he talks a bit more about the weather that sometimes battles them; the challenges he has overcome by adapting and by taking the plunge to try new things; and again it comes back to the land. It is indeed an excellent view, but it is hardly a match for this family’s love of their land and their farm.