The Bates family milks 35 cows on 550 acres in New Vineyard, Maine. Allison, along with her father and mother manage the majority of the farm labor. She helped her dad feed the calves until she was old enough (and big enough) to do it on her own. Allison dreams of a future where ALL farmers get a sustainable pay price for their products with a lot more certified organic farms. The most important thing farmers can do is to be good stewards of their land and take proper care of their animals.
Allison enjoys working at in-store marketing events educating the public about Organic Valley products. When Allison isn’t working on her family’s dairy farm, you can find her making organic goat cheese from her goats’ milk, fishing with her uncle on his lobster boat or cooking.