Myles and Rhonda Goodrich own and operate Molly Brook Farm in Cabot, Vermont. The 565-acres of hay land, pasture, woodland and sugarbush support a milking herd of 80 organic milking cows as well as their young stock. The farm produces organic milk and sells quality Registered Jerseys.
Stonyfield buys our organic Jersey milk. Stonyfield is a wonderful partner as they care about our cows, the environment and value family owned organic dairy farms.
Molly Brook has a long and distinguished role in the dairy history of Vermont. Nearly a century ago, Myles grandparents, Wendell and Inez Goodrich (5th generation) were one of the founding farm families of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative.
Myles parents, Walter and Sally Goodrich (6th generation), were at the forefront of further developing the Jersey breed with a Jersey cow named Molly Brook Fascinator Flower. In 2002, Walter and Sally received the National Dairy Shrine award for Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder. This award among the many they have received over the years is especially important as it is a national award and includes all breeds of dairy cows.
Myles Goodrich is seventh-generation descendent of Amos Whittlesy Abbott (1790-1875) and Betsey (Knight) Abbott (1794-1874) who lived on the original farm. Myles was born and raised on the farm. Myles received the Young Dairyman of the Year distinction from the American Jersey Cattle Association in 1993. In 2013, Myles and his wife, Rhonda, purchased Walter and Sally’s ownership interest in the dairy.
In 2015, Myles and Rhonda made the decision to transition the herd and land to organic. The farm’s resilience has relied on the ability to evolve with every new era in farming, for the better part of 200 years. Organic just made sense to Myles and Rhonda. During the pasture season the cows eat and fertilize 83 acres improving the farm carbon footprint. The cows love going to pasture and wait by the gate after milking to be let out of the barn.
The Goodrich’s, like so many other Vermont farming families that span generations, have a deep respect for the animals that produce their livelihood – organic jersey milk. Every animal on the farm is know by name and has their own personality. The milking cows are housed in a free stall hoop barn with lots of light, good ventilation, dry beds to sleep on, and brushes that automatically scratch their backs.
The sale of quality Jerseys from outstanding cow families became a focal point of Molly Brook around 1980. The Jerseys raised on Molly Brook are prodigious producers known internationally for their genetics that started with a cow named Molly Brook Fascinator Flower. Flower’s descendants can be found across the United States and all around the world in countries like Denmark, England, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Indonesia to name a few.
The Goodrich’s welcome visitors from all over the world to see the cows and enjoy the land.