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Cushman Farm

For six generations the Cushman family has farmed acreage located in North Franklin. Although Cushman Farm started on 155 acres at the homestead, the Cushman and Smith families manage nearly ten times that acreage today in Franklin, Lebanon and Bozrah, thanks in part to Connecticut’s Farmland Preservation Program. Their newest dairy complex includes a rotary parlor that milks 30 cows at a time, and their barn offers free movement and private stall space for nearly 600 milking cows. The calves and heifers are still raised at the home farm.

The Cushman Farms employs 14 employees to manage its 900 acres of corn, 300 acres of grass and to milk the cows three times a day, every day. Each milking takes five hours, and each day more than 5,000 gallons of milk are produced—enough milk to supply a city the population of Norwich! To produce all that milk the cows feast on a mixture of corn silage, grass silage, canola, hominy and minerals. Oh yes, and bagels, too.

The Cushmans and Smiths are founding members of Very Alive, and are active supporters of Farm Bureau, 4-H and Future Farmers of America. Each year they host a popular walk for the Quinnebaug Shetucket Heritage Corridor’s Walking Weekends through their operation and farm property. The partners of Cushman Farms look forward to continued growth for their family farm and Connecticut Agriculture.

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Cushman Farm, North Franklin Connecticut
The Cushman Family
The Cushman Family
Nate Cushman learned early that farming requires work: he milked 20-25 cows every morning before heading off to school. Partnering with his father on the family’s farm, Nate has watched the herd outgrow the stanchion barn built in 1955 to a new 105-stall freestall barn in 1966 into today’s 600-head milking center. Nate earned a BS and MS at the University of Connecticut in Agricultural Economics, and cultivated the growth of the family operation to accommodate future generations.

Jim Smith represents the next generation on the Cushman Farms. Growing up and working on the farm through his youth, Jim and his brother Donald share the responsibility for managing this multi-location farming enterprise. Jim and his wife Kathleen have three sons.
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