Matt Carey and six generations of the Carey family have called the dairy farming town of Burke in Northeast New York home since 1891. Located near the northern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the property is just 12 miles from the Canadian border. Matt was a senior in high school when he started working on the farm full-time after his father became ill. The young man made arrangements with his school in order to take care of farm work and finish his degree. “I had to do everything, but it worked for me,” says Matt. “I proved I could do it, both to myself and to my father.”
Right after Matt graduated, his family made him an offer to become a partner. Over the years, he has modernized the farm: improving milk yields through carefully managed feed, upgrading infrastructure and keeping buildings in shape. “The improvements have helped us become as efficient as possible for our size,” says Matt.