Feeding both soil and people
The farm is about 15 miles from the ocean in southern Massachusetts, just above the Cape and sees more than its share of visitors. While the cows and the crops take up most of their time, the Shields also run a farm stand and sell composted cow manure fertilizer, which helps both the environment and their bottom line. Susan has a large vegetable garden on the farm, raises laying chickens and grows flowers to sell.
Sharing the knowledge
The couple was involved in 4-H for years and Sam served as vice-chairman of the Massachusetts State Dairy Promotion Board. Groups like schools and scout troops come through for pre-organized tours but, says Susan, many of the best moments occur when someone stops by for some tomatoes or a dozen eggs, strikes up a conversation and ask for a tour of the farm. She always tries to make time to accommodate.