Graywall Farms started in 1989 when first-generation farmer Robin Chesmer leased a 185-acre dairy farm and bought the operation’s mixed herd of 80 Holstein and Brown Swiss dairy cows. Today, Robin and his son, Lincoln, work in partnership with the involvement of other family members including Robin’s son-in-law David Hevner. Over the years, they have grown to 940 acres with more than 700 protected by Connecticut’s Farmland Preservation Program. “I wasn’t born into a farm family, but I feel like farming has always been in my blood,” says Robin.
In addition to being members of co-op, Graywall Farms is 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.