Rosina was raised on the Wallace farm, which her family purchased in 1866. It is now in its fifth generation. She grew up sawing wood for the winter, gardening, mending fences, and mucking barns, and to hear Rosina tell it, there's no better life in the world. She is also grateful to share the experience with others.
While Rosina grew up on the family farm, she didn’t originally plan to take it over and become a full-time dairy farmer. After she finished college, Rosina taught physical education and health for twelve years before returning home. Her dad, Keith, wanted to run for a seat as a state representative, and he needed somebody to help him run the spread. Rosina to the rescue. Keith won the election and served two terms as a state representative, and Rosina has been on the farm ever since. As for Keith, he had also served several years before as a state senator, and he was happy to serve in Vermont’s legislature again and let Rosina learn the details of farm management. Rosina’s brother Kay maintains the farm machinery, but Rosina does everything else.
Even though Rosina is a dairy farmer, she never quite lost the teaching bug. She has visitors on the farm throughout the year. One day, it may be 70 pre-kindergarten children seeing a farm for the first time. She lets them pet and try to milk the cows. She walks the land with the children and patiently explains where milk and cheese come from and how the food makes its way into their homes. The next day a class of fifth graders may swing by for a few hours, and they watch as Rosina does chores on the farm and explains why each one is necessary. Says Rosina, “I think it’s very important for the children to see how a farm operates and where their food comes from. It gives them deeper insight and understanding for farming and food producers, and it helps them develop an appreciation for the land.”
And for Rosina, talking is not enough. She always has handfuls of individually wrapped packets of Cabot cheese to give the children as a treat. From the cows on the farm, to the creamery at Cabot for processing, to the marketplace, and ultimately to the kids’ refrigerator and kitchen table, Rosina explains the full cycle to the children. And the kids seem to take it all to heart. Rosina can’t go into town without somebody stopping her to ask how her cows are doing. In fact, Rosina has named most of the cattle, and the kids usually ask about them individually by name.