Farmers are problem solvers. Naturally thrifty, we save everything because someday we’re going to need it: to fix equipment, retool machinery, or create a new gadget. Getting around to the fixing, after a day in the fields, can be a challenge.

We have been very lucky these past couple years to have a dedicated tinkerer/fixer in Dennis DeVries. When Dennis learned about the farm, it reminded him of childhood memories of working on his grandfather’s Midwest farm. Retired now, the idea of helping out around a farm appealed to his love of projects. And there is no such thing as a farm without a project.

Dennis volunteers his time a couple days a week, working with the dairymen, helping with building repairs, tinkering with machinery, and generally taking care of the “little” things that can really grind the work to a halt when not in working order.

Dennis has done everything from fix a toilet to build a recycling corral, fix a tractor to painstakingly file the individual teeth on a hay baler’s cutting edge. He offers us his ideas, his wisdom, and his need to get things done. We offer him our warm thanks, a return to simpler times, and a place to keep his 4-wheeler.

Together, we make a very happy team.

1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens