Curtis + Carilynn are dear friends of mine who's story about closing their diary farm of three generations has made international headlines in the past few months. For those unfamiliar with their story, Walmart decided to eliminate the middle man for their milk, which in this case was Dean's, the only buyer for the Jericho Acres Dairy. With only 60 days notice they fought hard for another buyer but like thousands of dairy farmers across the US since 1970, they decided to close their dairy operation.
I spent a summer day with them when they sold over half their herd. This documentation of images shows Curtis going over the cows with the buyer, his last time milking the majority of the herd (they milked for a few more weeks following this shoot before selling all of their girls), how much the entire family was part of the daily operation of the farm, loading the purchased cows on the trailer and watching it drive away. Join us for one of the hardest days of their lives but a story that is too important not to tell.