Three generations of family work on Highland Farms where their ancestors started one of the nation’s first registered Jersey herds back in 1886. With the seventh generation now toddling around the award-winning farm, farmer (and grandmother) Libby Bleakney says, “You work to hopefully improve the farm a little every day to make it better for the next generation. We try to produce the best quality product for the consumer, take care of our animals the best we can and do all that we can to protect the land, soil and water.”
Family is the heart, soul and driving force behind the operation. Growing up on the farm, Libby recalls she always knew she would make her life there, but her parents encouraged her to spread her wings. She went to the University of Maine and earned a degree in animal science but “I missed my family,” Libby says. “I’ve always been able to work with family and that’s very important to me.” To manage the milking herd and nationally renowned breed stock program as well as a 1,000-acre logging operation, Libby works closely with her brother, Daniel Palmer, and their cousins, David Pike and Lorie Pike.