Bill Banker, his wife Corinne, and his brother Bruce are partners in Blue Hill Farm. They brought the name with them from Connecticut where the brothers grew up on a farm overlooking a hill with a blue tint. When they moved to New York in 1988, 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 manages the calves & heifers, breeding for the cattle, does the bookkeeping, and handles the computer work. They all pitch in with the crops.
Watch Board Member William Banker talk about life as a farmer and an Agri-Mark Board of Director.
Takes a village
Corinne and Bill Banker raised their three childrenon the farm, and though they are all now adults and are often scattered around the country, when home they help with chores and are front and center during hay season. They all love the outdoors, working on the farm, and helping with the animals. “Many times it takes a village,” says Corinne. “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.”
The Bankers are also active off the farm and have been involved on the Agri-Mark Board of Directors, the American Dairy Association, the Dairy Council of New York and the NY Animal Agriculture Coalition. “The people in our neck of the woods are extremely supportive of dairy farming,” says Corinne.“They understand the role we play in providing safe and healthy food, and they do everything they can to make sure we succeed.”