Giovanni Peracchio immigrated from Italy to New England and started farming vegetables with his son, Tony, in 1944. They added dairy farming in 1960 to ensure year-round income. Today, Giovanni’s grandsons Tom and Bill, and Bill’s son Greg keep the tradition going. Bill studied agriculture at UConn and has contributed to many farm organizations through the years including the state farm bureau and the USDA’s Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.
In addition to being members of co-op, Hytone is also a member of The Farmer’s Cow, a cooperative of six Connecticut family-owned farms who have branded their milk, creams and other local products including eggs, apple cider and ice cream. They are dedicated to putting a face on Connecticut agriculture: educating people about farming, sustainable agriculture and farmland preservation.