Ridley Farm

Shapleigh, ME
800 acres
100 cows, milking 35

If you ever need a lesson on independence and self-reliance, visit the Ridley family of Shapleigh, Maine. Roger and Karen started as first generation farmers in 1973. They own 800 acres of mostly woodland, have 100 cows, and milk 35 of them. Since the farm is not large in terms of milk cows, the family does many other things to get by. Roger, Karen, and their children all work on the farm and have outside jobs as well. Everybody lends a hand, and they all do a little bit of everything.


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