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This interview with Sarah Lyons Chase (“Chase”) was recorded in Ancram, New York on June 19th, 2014. Chase grew up in Pine Plains, NY on a working dairy farm. Her grandfather (who also worked as a dentist) and then her father raised and milked cows on this farm. Chase returned home after four years at Oberlin College and additional time spent living in Hudson. She took over the dairy farm on March 1st, 2013. Her brother Rory makes cheese from the milk Chase’s cows produce. She has another brother, Farley, who lives in New York City. Some of the subjects discussed in this interview include: holistic grazing management practices; soil management practices; methods of raising calves including the madre method; milking cow breeds; the function of county fairs; the daily and seasonal tasks of an American small scale dairy farmer; the different reasons people buy raw milk; American dairy cow genetics; American dairy cow genomics; epigenetics; the work schedules of different dairy farmers; the value of work; different definitions of community; family; friendship; how a young dairy farmer learns new practices; feminism; hometowns; support networks; loving where you are from; loving where you live.
Nell Baldwin is a first year medical student at Brown Medical School. She has worked as a political organizer, farmhand, and as a drug counselor. She is interested in listening, reading and writing. She has known Chase for four years, and thinks of Chase as a friend.
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