“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]