George Kempton has been farming long enough that as a teen-aged farm hand, he used to cut ice off a pond to cool milk. He also used horses for most of the chores. That was during WWII in Windham, Vermont. More than 50 years later, George remains a vibrant, visionary farming member of the Cabot Co-operative Creamery. He brought his Peacham, Vermont hill farm into the 21st century with 300 milkers and the latest dairy technology.
George and Patty, his wife of over 50 years, raised five children and about 7,000 dairy cows since moving to Peacham in 1962. Patty, the heart of the family, passed away in 2012, but the family pulled together and has continued to move forward.
Matty, the youngest of George and Patty’s children, and his wife, Dawn, have thrown their lot enthusiastically into dairy. Their sons, Dylan and William – and William’s wife, Jackie, represent the third generation working on the farm. William and Jackie’s 2 year-old daughter Chloe represents a strong start to the 4th generation.
In addition to providing high quality milk to Cabot and caring for their land and cows, the Kempton’s also have the distinction of being the only farm providing the milk for the Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, aged at the Cellars at Jasper Hill.
To visit Kempton Farms, just go to the Peacham General Store and ask for directions. You won’t find prettier views or finer folks anywhere.
Check out this bird's eye view of Will Kempton haying on his farm: