“Since coming back, it's been sort of this really challenging and interesting evolution to understand how a working mother who is not farming with her partner can take over an operation that has traditionally been run by four to six people. “
Abbie Corse grew up hating cows. She went to school for journalism and got involved with arts administration. Then she realized what a lack of seasonal work and attachment to a land base was doing to her mental health. She and her husband chose to move home and Abbie began to reconstruct her relationship with the farm, the experience of working with her parents, and the role of women farmers in the future of Vermont agriculture.
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Abbie Corse is a 6th generation dairy grazier at The Corse Farm Dairy in spite of swearing she would never farm. Armed with a journalism degree she went into the world of arts marketing and quickly realized to she married to the seasonality and rhythms of the land. The farm is a majority-female owned organic dairy shipping high quality milk to Organic Valley. It is conserved through the Vermont Land Trust and runs on the power of the sun, both literally and figuratively (solar power and photosynthesis). The farm is managed as perennial native grasses in permanent sod. Abbie serves on the board of NOFA-VT and the Northeast Organic Family Farm Partnership, and as the farm & Forest sector representative to the Vermont Climate Council. She was the first dairy farmer to receive a Rising Star 40 under 40 award from Vermont Business Magazine and was the 2020 Emerging Leader for the Vermont Agriculture Hall of Fame.