Edwin LaPrise, call him Scooter, loves two things: dairy farming and kids. The rest he can take or leave. He and his wife Cynthia own EMMA Acres, named after their four children: Elizabeth, Matthew, Maggie, and Alex. And although Cynthia was raised on a dairy farm, theirs is a relatively new operation. In fact, they just started their dairy operation a few years ago.
Although the LaPrise family is just starting in dairy, they have owned their farm all along. And Scooter says: There's nothing better than raising your family on a farm. The kids develop a love of the land; they all have responsibilities; and they learn first hand about life and death with the animals. It prepares them for things to come. And Scooter knows a thing or two about kids. In fact, he just chaperoned over twenty of them for four days at the state fair. All the kids showed their own animals, even the ones that don't live on a farm or have their own animal. Scooter helps them borrow animals for show; the kids that don't have their own animals take care of a borrowed animal and put their heart and soul into making a good showing at the competition. It's just one more way to bring dairy farming to the community.
Scooter works 16 hours a day most days, and Cynthia is a full time registered nurse, but they always find time for kids. When Scooter is not running Kendall Logging and Trucking Company or working the farm, and Cynthia is not busy with her nursing duties, they often show grade school students and other visitors around the spread. They love the life, and they are always willing to share it.
And Scooter also has another avenue for revenue. After he sells all his milk to Agri-Mark, he and some other local farmers buy a good portion back and sell it under the label of Rhody Fresh. Local products going to local merchants. In this time of struggle for the dairy industry, this is one way farmers can help the community, and the community can help them right back.