A few years after Caleigh Wright returned from earning a degree in agriculture to the farm she grew up on, she and her mother, Bridget, decided to paint the two calf barns at their farm with the unmistakable Cabot red and black plaid. The endeavor involved juggling stencils, ladders and many hours of work. “It was quite a project,” recalls Bridget. It was also a great bonding experience, the two agree. “We laughed the entire time,” Caleigh says.
The family bought the farm in 1956 and Ray Wright now works in partnership with two nephews, Brian and Steve, along with his wife, Bridget, daughter, Caleigh, and her husband Andrew. The family recently welcomed Caleigh and Andrew’s daughter, Torrey. “Torrey makes five generations of strong women here on the farm,” says her grandmother, Bridget, proudly. “It’s a thrill to have her be able to grow up here.”
The benefits of coming home are obvious every day, Caleigh says, when she brings Torrey to the farmhouse office where the little girl’s grandparents or Nana, the baby’s great-grandmother, watch her while Caleigh works. “My favorite thing about being a dairy farm family is being able to tie two of my favorite things together,” says Caleigh. “Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to work side by side with cows and the people they’re closest to.”