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VERBANK, NEW YORK
Bos-Haven Farm gets its name from the Latin word for cow, or bos, and haven is a place of safety, which suits Tim Marshall, whose ancestors have been taking care of cows in this region since the early 1800s, starting with his mother’s descendants, the Benhams.
Tim learned about the dairy business from his grandfather Stanley Benham who farmed the land since 1946. This land has been farmed by Tim’s mother family, the Benhams, since the 1800s who back then did more subsistence farming until the railroads came up from New York City and brought with them the opportunity to sell milk to city folk. That’s when the dairy business began to thrive in the Hudson Valley.
“And that is what we are still trying to do today,” says Tim. “That’s why we need Hudson Valley Fresh, to get a fair price for our milk so we can keep farming. Farming is much more costly in the Northeast than it is out west. The taxes are higher, the land costs more. Local does not always mean less expensive.”