As a kid on his family’s dairy farm and maple operation, “I caused more trouble than good,” Randy Pomeroy jokes. He left home for college to study agricultural mechanics and construction, “but I always thought I’d come back sooner or later,” he says. His older sister, Rachel Pomeroy-Monahan, loved animals and thought she’d become a vet, though she expected to be involved with the multi-generation family business in some way. Sadly, when their father passed away in 2013, the siblings, who had lost their mother 15 years earlier, had to take over far earlier than anyone expected.
Randy started out with the support of his grandfather and uncle, but his sister soon joined him. “Once Randy was here alone,” Rachel says, “I saw myself coming back.” She moved home in 2014 and, after getting married on the farm, Rachel and her husband, Mike, bought a house across the road. “Getting thrown into it early was a challenge, but also an opportunity,” she says. “I love what I do every day.”
Still in their twenties, the siblings have been figuring out how to work best together and how to juggle all the pieces, including a fairly substantial maple operation. “Randy takes the cropping side and I’m his assistant,” Rachel explains. “I take the cow side and he’s my assistant.” The Pomeroys have a lot of community support, they acknowledge, including many of Randy’s friends who help during the summer with haying and corn chopping. “I can’t rid of them so I might as well put them to work,” he says with a grin.