This American Dairy Farmer Season 2

Thankful for Thanksgiving – Dotterer Dairy, Mill Hall, PA

In “Thankful for Thanksgiving,” members of the Dotterer family show us how work comes first on their dairy farm, Dotterer Dairy, in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania. Even so, this close-knit family of five makes time for each other and shares stories about their favorite holidays, explaining that they build on family ties and traditions every day.

cows in a barn
an old photo of a dad with two kids on his lap
two people by a large piece of farm equipment

Sharing Her Dairy – Vista Grande Farms, Fleetwood, PA

In “Sharing Her Dairy,” we hear from Phoebe Bitler, who spent her entire life in rural Pennsylvania, caring for her family and her herd. The dairy matriarch and her husband now share duties at Vista Grande Farms in Fleetwood, Pa., with their son and his young family. The family overcame the struggle of a barn fire with grace, coming back stronger with a smart barn focused on cow comfort. Phoebe believes sharing her farm life helps consumers understand that their milk comes from a good place.

cows eating in a barn
baby and cow
farmer with a calf

Cows are the Reason – Mercer Vu Farms, Mercersburg, PA

In “Cows are the Reason,” we meet Rod Hissong, the younger of two brothers who together lead Mercer Vu Farms in Mercersburg, Pa. When the COVID pandemic emptied store shelves, the brothers took action, holding food distribution events to give away butter and milk. Rod says he never loses sight of what matters most – their cows and the community.

farmer giving a gallon of milk through a car window
farmer in a field
milk drive photo

Dairy Dream Fulfilled – Doodle-A-Long Farms, Spring City, PA

In “Dairy Dream Fulfilled,” we meet new mom Casandra Long, a former dairy princess who always dreamed of owning a farm. As a first-generation farmer, she says she faced many obstacles until meeting her husband, Robert Long, who shared the same dairy-farm dream. Together they are raising their year-old son Cooper, along with their much-beloved herd, at their own Doodle-A-Long Farms in Spring City, PA.

parents holding a baby up next to a farm silo
baby in front of the farm sign
farmer with a holstein cow

Passion to Profession – Star Rock Farms, Conestoga, PA

In “Passion to Profession,” dairy farmer Ed Facer shares with us how – as a young boy – he rode his bike seven miles every day just to work on a farm and be close to cows. That same devotion to the dairy industry motivates him to educate consumers, especially school children, about how their milk is produced with love and care. Thanks to his dedication, thousands of students have virtually toured Star Rock Farms in Conestoga, Pa., where Ed is the dairy manager.

cow laying on a sand bed
person with a shirt that says Star Rock Farms
barn from the center lane

Family Love, Always in Bloom – Broom’s Bloom Dairy, Bel Air, Maryland

In “Family Love, Always in Bloom,” we meet 25-year-old Emmy Dallam, who is following in her mother’s footsteps at Broom’s Bloom Dairy, a family farm and rural cafe in Bel Air, Maryland. From a young age, this hardworking woman loved every aspect of farm life, always asking her dad how she could help. Her role now includes a favorite task – spending every Saturday with her beloved grandfather, selling Farm-to-Table products at local farmer’s markets.

farmer and her mom in ice cream shop
farmer with a calf
farmer and her mom

Couple Cares for Cows and Community – HaR-Go Farms, Pavilion, NY

In “Couple Cares for Cows and Community,” we meet Steve and Jill Gould, a young farming couple focused on the future of agriculture. Not only do they ‘ag-vocate’ for dairy farming, they spend much of their spare time working toward revitalizing the rural areas near HaR-Go Farms, their organic dairy farm in Pavilion, N.Y.

holsteins eating
2 farmers in a barn
dairy barn

Social Media Mavens Ag-vocate for Dairy – Maple Lane Farms, Marietta, NY

In “Social Media Mavens Ag-vocate for Dairy,” Claudia and Evelyn Leubner introduce us to life on Maple Lane Farms in Marietta, New York, and show us around the family’s pumpkin patch – Tim’s Pumpkin Patch in Marietta began the process of hauling the remaining pumpkins from its 65-acre patch to nearby Maple Lane Farms for more than 1,000 dairy cows to consume.

Claudia and Evelyn Leubner, together with younger sister JoJo, chronicle their journey as farmers’ daughters – and farmers themselves – through popular social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. They are dedicated to educating hundreds of thousands of followers through a different lens – the perspective of savvy, relatable and very hardworking young women.

ny farm girls with a tractor
ny farm girl feeding a calf
ny farm girls

Fit Farmer, Fit Cows – Beck Farms LLC, Freeville, NY

Meet Tyler Beck, a Millennial dairy farmer, new father and avid half-marathoner. Tyler shows us how he relates much of his own training to how he cares for the herd at Beck Farms LLC in Freeville, N.Y. It’s all about great nutrition and watching herd health metrics carefully through the use of cow ‘fit bits.’ His efforts allow him to keep his herd – and himself – as fit as an elite athlete.

farmer with his barn in the background
farmer with a cow peeking over his shoulder
holstein looking at camera

Century Farm Celebrates – Silver Spring Farm, Syracuse, NY

In the “Century Farm Celebrates” episode, we spend time with the Luchsinger family, in Syracuse, N.Y., who recently celebrated 100 years of competing in the Great New York State Fair. The Luchsinger family won their first ribbon in 1921, but we learn from Silver Spring Farm’s Chuck and Charlie Luchsinger that it was their 1938 ‘Breeder of the Year’ award that catapulted them into this important family legacy and a love of breeding cows.

farmer moving feed
farmers with an award
farmer at the bulk tank

Like Father, Like Daughter – Hemdale Farms, Seneca Castle, NY

In “Like Father, Like Daughter,” we meet Dairy Herd Manager Pete Maslyn, and his daughter, college senior Elizabeth Maslyn, a Gen Z dairy farmer who loves to share on social media all of the great things happening at Hemdale Farms in Seneca Castle, NY. She describes how her love of dairy farming started as a child on her family’s heifer operation, then continued as a dairy princess. She is now planning for her future after graduation from Cornell University this spring – a future that she predicts won’t be far from the farm life she loves.

farmer sitting next to a cow
cow on pasture
people on camera at a dairy farm

From Waste to Watts – Noblehurst Farms, Linwood, NY

In this episode, we introduce you to Chris Noble of Noblehurst Farms in Linwood, New York. Chris is a dad, a dairy farmer and a steward of the environment. He is the seventh generation to farm at Noblehurst. Chris explains how the farm’s anaerobic digester takes manure and combines it with food waste from grocery stores and universities to create energy.

This ‘waste to watts’ technology was born out of Noble’s desire to farm with the greatest level of care for the environment. Sustainable farming initiatives like this position Noblehurst Farms as a leader in the dairy industry. This cutting-edge way of farming has also created diverse businesses that help support their dairy operations.

noblehurst dairy farm
person unloading scrap butter
person in a barn

This American Dairy Farmer Season 1