Jack and Jean Pulver own Pleasant View Farm, which sits on top of a hill and looks east to the Berkshires and west to the Catskills. It is a stunning panorama, and the Pulvers have made sure it stays that way. They recently signed an agreement with the state guaranteeing that their farm land will remain an open space in perpetuity and never be made available for development. It is simply too precious a resource not to maintain.
The Pulvers have about 600 acres, 165 milkers, 150 young stock, and a relentless work schedule. Their son Jeffrey is a partner in the farm, and he now manages most of the operation. Their other two children stop by often and help during harvest season and with other chores as time permits. While only one of the three works the farm full time, it's a family affair and everybody pitches in and considers it a cherished part of their lives.
Jack's dad bought the Pleasant View Farm in 1936, and Jack was raised there. His grandfather and great grandfather were dairy farmers before him, and Jack says, "Dairy farming is just in my blood. I can't imagine having done anything else, and I don't regret following this career for a minute." He says this even though the work day starts before 4:00 in the morning and doesn't end until after 7:00 at night. For him, it is truly a labor of love. It is a matter of serving the community, providing people with safe and healthy food, and maintaining the country's open spaces. Worthy goals all.
Jack and Jean are also committed to their community. Among many other things, Jack served for years on the Township Committee for Preservation of Open Spaces, sat on the New England Dairy Board, and is a Director for the Duchess County Fair. They also open their farm to all comers, have held open houses on the top of the hill for people to tour the farm, and hosted their granddaughter's eighth grade science class from Boston for a weekend on the farm. Says Jack: "It's all part of being a dairy farmer."