The Price family has farmed in the same spot since Charles Price’s great-great-great grandfather received the land as a wedding present in 1845. The early Price farmers pretty much stuck to raising beef, but Charles’ father slowly transitioned to dairy. Today, Charles and his wife, Marie, work with their son, Jon. “It’s really gratifying to have him want to take over,” says Charles.
Charles’ mother, Pauline, passed away not long ago, but she rose at 5 a.m. each morning to help until the end of her life. “I like to keep the milk room swept and the windows washed,” Pauline had said. “I like to keep the place looking very nice. I loved raising my kids on a farm.” Coming up at the farm is Pauline’s great-grandson, Caleb, “Working with my family is such a wonderful thing,” the young man says. “I appreciate all the time I was able to spend with my grandmother. And I can still walk out the back door and go right to work with my dad and grandpa every day.”
Like his father and grandfather, Caleb has fallen for the farming life. His father Jon recalls, “As soon as I got off the bus, I’d run down here and ride on the tractor with my dad.” The Prices all agree that the work is rewarding and meaningful. “Your food has to grow somewhere. Someone has to feed the masses,” says Caleb, evidently pleased that he can play a role in doing so.