Frank and Terry Ziehm raised their three boys, Brian, Eric, and Stuart on the Tiashoke Farm in Cambridge, New York, about 40 miles north of Albany. It's a big operation with about 580 milkers and 500 young stock. All three boys worked and played on the family farm as youngsters, and all three went on to attend Cornell University. Unlike many farm families, however, Frank and Terry kept the boys away from the farm during their college summers. They insisted that the boys work somewhere else, and they wanted them to explore other opportunities and have a chance to pursue other careers if they wanted. None did. All three boys returned to the farm, and they have now taken on management of the spread. Frank still works part time, which is to say about 60 hours a week, but he has transitioned all farm operations to the boys.
And that's the way they do it in the Ziehm family. Frank's dad turned the farm over to him when he was 27, and now Frank has turned it over to his sons. The Ziehms are passionate about dairy farming and feel a profound responsibility for their stewardship of the land that provides their livelihood. Frank and Terry dedicated 250 acres to "open space" a few years back, which means the land is restricted and cannot be used for development of any kind. Brian, Eric, and Stuart recently committed another 300 acres to the same program. The family takes its role as food providers for the country seriously, and they want to make sure the New England tradition of family farming and land preservation remains a part of our heritage for generations to come. Their commitment to the broader community also extends beyond farming and land stewardship. Frank has been a member of Agri-Mark's hauling committee for many years, and he has served on the Town Board of Cambridge for three decades.
And it looks like the Ziehm farm is likely to continue its tradition of dairy farming for many years to come. The three boys are all in their thirties, and they're already teaching the lessons of dairy farming and land management to the next generation. Brian has three sons, Eric has two, and Stuart has one. They figure there will be a few more children in the years ahead, and they're hopeful that a girl will appear in the brood someday soon.
Try one of the Ziehm families favorites, the Farm Girl's Fav Grilled Cheese.
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