Blue Hill Farm
Morrisville New York
Bill Banker, his wife Corinne, and his brother Bruce are partners in Blue Hill Farm in Morrisville, New York. The Banker family grew up on a farm overlooking a blue hill in Connecticut before they moved to New York in 1988, and they wanted to bring a piece of their old state with them. The three partners have a clear division of labor: Bill handles the cattle, Bruce manages the machinery, and Corinne does the bookkeeping, handles the computer work, and helps Bill as needed. They all pitch in with the crops. The Bankers are building their way up to 200 cows. They have 530 acres and use about 350 of them to grow corn silage, hay, and alfalfa.
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The Bankers raised their three children, Ben, Tyler and Jen, on the farm, and though they are all now adults and are often scattered around the country, when they are home they all help with the chores and are front and center during hay season. They all love the outdoors, working on the farm, and helping with the animals.
The Bankers are very active off the farm and have been involved with the Farm Bureau for many years. Bill serves as a Board Member in our Cooperative, which takes him away from the farm for several days each month for board meetings. Corinne is on the Board of Directors for the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council of NY. Says Corinne, “The people in our neck of the woods are extremely supportive of dairy farming. They understand the role we play in providing safe and healthy food, and they do everything they can to make sure we succeed. This is a great place to farm.”
This week we asked Bill and Corinne to answer our Farmer Friday questions. This is what they had to share:
What is your favorite thing about being a dairy farm family?
Many times it takes a village…and our family has never batted an eye to pitch in when we need help. The kids have always been a part of everything we do and know where their food comes from. That’s important.
What is your family’s favorite meal? Care to share a recipe?
T-bone Steaks! Marinade in your favorite marinade and grill over a wood fire
What is your least favorite farm chore?
Putting tires on the silage plastic. A wet and dirty job that can sometimes pack a sting if you don’t see the bee hive that grew since the tires were last used!
What is your favorite time of year on the farm?
Spring, because it means I’m done with winter!
What is one thing you would like people who have never experienced farm life to know?
We don’t do it for the money, we do it because we are passionate about our cows and the dairy industry. It’s not a job to us! Why else would we never miss a Christmas milking (giving the help the day off) and making our own kids wait till chores are done before gifts can be opened.