4-H project goes wild, launches dairy farm

Alex LaPrise with “Buttercup” of EMMA Acres in Exeter, RI at the 2012 Washington County Fair.

Alex LaPrise with “Buttercup” of EMMA Acres in Exeter, RI at the 2012 Washington County Fair.

“Our farm is a 4-H Project gone wild,” said Alex LaPrise. The LaPrise family of EMMA Acres in Exeter, RI purchased three calves as part of a 4-H project in 2001. They shipped their first milk to Rhody Fresh with Agri-Mark in 2008. The LaPrise family loves working with their cows and have expanded their herd to 70 Jersey-blend cows; 32 cows were milked during the summer of 2012.

“I love doing this,” Troy Sankey, age 17, said about dairy farming. He plans a career as a dairy farmer in RI. Sankey learned about dairy operations while working with his girlfriend, Alex LaPrise, at EMMA Acres. [more]

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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