Clessons River Farm

330 acres
60 milking cows

Farmer-musician

Melissa Griffin grew up the fifth generation on her family’s Buckland, Massachusetts farm and returned to join her parents, Paul and Judy Willis, after earning a master’s degree in trumpet performance. The accomplished musician still spends as many as four nights a week playing music in several different groups, including one of the oldest community bands in the country. “I really enjoy the music and a lot of the people I play with,” Melissa says, “but I always saw myself back on the farm.”

“It’s exciting to be able to make decisions as a family.”
- Melissa Griffin

Sharing ups and downs

“I see my parents every day and it’s great,” Melissa says. “It’s exciting to be able to make decisions as a family and share in the joys and successes on the farm,” says Melissa. “It’s nice to know your family is there on the not-so-good days.” Melissa has also followed in her dad’s footsteps in another way: both were involved in the Young Cooperators program, representing the next generation at co-op board meetings. She and Adam were even elected chaircouple to speak for all young cooperators at a National Milk Producers’ Federation meeting. “It has been a great opportunity to learn and to meet a lot of people nationally,” Melissa reflects.

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