Positively organic

According to Lauren Cameron, an Horizon Organic spokeswoman, the Frasiers are fourth-generation farmers. They made the final move to organic farming around the same time as the Hescocks in Vermont.

"At the time, they were only the second organic farm in New York's Herkimer County," Cameron said. "They quickly discovered additional lifestyle benefits, both for their family and their cows."

"Thanks to organic farming practices, we noticed that our cows were healthier and our family was healthier due to reduced stress," Connie Frasier noted.

Cameron said that "The couple has since helped many other local farmers, two of whom are Harvey's grown children, Harvey Jr. and Bryce Frasier, transition from conventional to organic farming. They regularly receive phone calls from farmers who are transitioning and never hesitate to offer support, including guiding them through the organic certification paperwork. They also host regular tours of their farm,which features an environmentally-friendly, low-electricity barn, for local farmers and school elementary school children to help educate them about the benefits of organic dairy farming. "

For Vermont's many unsung dairy farming heroes, it's nice to see one of their own receive kudos on the national stage. It also demonstrates that, despite the many hard luck stories relating to today's ultra-competitive global agri economy, there remain many brilliant points-of-light right here in our local, hardworking farming community.

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