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Paul & Melanie Chittenden moved to Schodack Landing, NY in 1976 with their young family to begin Dutch Hollow Farm. Both Paul & Melanie grew up on family dairy farms and wanted to give their children the same experience.
The farm raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa, grass, & small grains for the cows on 2000 acres of local land.Conservation methods are used extensively to preserve the soil and provide a rich, nutrient based seed bed for plants to grow. Along the stream near the farm grass set backs are fenced to prevent erosion and animal traffic, soil samples are used to determine the proper nutrients each field requires to grow a healthy crop. The Chittenden family takes steps to care for the environment so the farmland will remain productive for several more generations.
“Dutch Hollow Farm strives to produce a high quality product by using modern technology on the farm and conservation practices to remain a sustainable and equitable business .”
All the animals on the farm are Registered Jerseys. In 2012 Dutch Hollow Farm was awarded the Master Breeder Award, by the American Jersey Cattle Association for breeding outstanding animals for many years and thereby having made notable contributions to the Jersey Breed. Each year the high pedigreed animals are marketed in sales all over the nation. Cassie, Meagan, Maxwell & Emily participate in National Youth programs and have received National Recognition for their achievements as well as their animals. Paul is a Past-President of the American Jersey Cattle Association as well as being awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his honorable contributions to the American Jersey Cattle Association in 2010.
“Cow care is a high priority at Dutch Hollow. Cows are fed specialized diets for each age , they sleep on mattresses and enjoy barns with natural ventilation. Each cow has her own name and is treated like a family member.”
Currently Brian, Alan & Nathan are active members in several community organizations. Brian is the President of the Schodack Landing Fire Company, a Stuyvesant Town Councilman, and a board member on the Columbia County Soil & Water Board. Alan coaches basketball for the local Catholic Youth Organized Sports and a 4-H dairy leader. Nathan is the Vice-President of the Columbia -Greene Cooperative Extension Advisory Board. Community involvement has been an important theme for decades with the Chittenden family.
“Our goal is to improve plant health, plant yield and nutrition for the animals we feed while being good stewards of our land”
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