Jeremy Russo did not expect to become a dairy farmer. Working with his older brothers on the family farm as a kid, he says with a chuckle, “was just what we did for fun and it kept us out of trouble.” After graduating from Cornell University, Jeremy served as an aide to one of Vermont’s senators in Washington, D.C. He thought he would follow a career in politics, but the call of the land was strong and he returned to become the sixth generation to take over the Pawlet farm with his high school sweetheart, Jennie, who works as a teacher.
Jeremy’s great-grandfather was one of the last cattle drovers who led herds of animals, on foot and hoof, from one location to another. Keeping the farm going honors that family heritage as well as providing his and Jennie’s three children the same kind of childhood he experienced. “Jennie and I love the farm and raising our children here,” he says.