When asked if he always wanted to be a dairy farmer, Louis Escobar laughed and offered a resounding, “YES! I’ve never worked a day doing anything else.” His parents have been farming this land since 1937. Jane said she started dreaming of becoming a farmer when she was five years old. Louis and Jane Escobar run an award-winning, 96-acre dairy farm in Portsmouth, RI.
Like a good stock portfolio, this farm is successful because it is diversified; it operates a variety of enterprises. RI’s Right to Farm Act provides for a variety of side businesses and activities that keep farms viable businesses. The Escobar’s daughter, Lori, manages the Corn Maze; their grandson, Jason manages the farm. They will take over the farm some day. Longtime employee, Heidi Small, is the Herd Manager.
To support the farm, family members manage a variety of other businesses including a Bed & Breakfast run by “adopted” brother Stuart MacNaught, a Christmas Tree Farm, and a Pick-your-own Pumpkin Patch. Chickens provide eggs for sale all summer long. The Escobars also breed and sell Portuguese Water Dogs. [Learn more here.]