Carey Farm

Burke, NY
416 acres
122 cows

Proving himself

Matt Carey and six generations of the Carey family have called the dairy farming town of Burke in Northeast New York home since 1891. Located near the northern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the property is just 12 miles from the Canadian border. Matt was a senior in high school when he started working on the farm full-time after his father became ill. The young man made arrangements with his school in order to take care of farm work and finish his degree. “I had to do everything, but it worked for me,” says Matt. “I proved I could do it, both to myself and to my father.” 

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Hands-on

Matt prides himself on being a hands-on guy. He raises all of his own cows and, while he’ll hire a hand or two to help bale the farm’s hay, he milks all the cows himself. Matt’s mother, Nancy, does help out by keeping the books.  “The best thing about farming is you get to do things your own way,” says Matt. “You are the center of your business, and it teaches you so much about yourself.”

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