From the top of the hills on his family’s 180-acre dairy farm, Ben Platt looks on the river of cars on Interstate 84, many of them heading south to New York City. He is glad he is not among them. “We live close enough to the city that a lot of people commute for work,” the farmers says. “I sure am glad I’m here and not there.”
The Platt Farm, where Ben was raised, has been in his family for over two centuries. He is the 9th generation and his daughter, Hailey, is the 10th. “All I’ve ever done was work on the farm,” he says. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.” Growing up farming gave Ben the hands-on experience to take responsibility early on. There isn’t anything about the life and work he doesn’t like. “I like milking. I like haying. I like being outside. I guess I enjoy it all,” he says.
Ben manages the day-to-day dairy and hay operation, while his dad does the books. Although she’s still young, Hailey is spending more time around the cows these days and her dad looks forward to introducing her more and more to the daily rhythm of the farm he loves so much. In the meantime, she has been hanging out with a calf named Cheddar and playing with the family’s dog, who happens to be called Cabot.