Cushman Farm - Franklin, CT

For six generations the Cushman family has farmed acreage in North Franklin.

Cushman Farm - Franklin, CT

Cushman Farms is located in Franklin, CTFor six generations the Cushman family has farmed  acreage in North Franklin. Started on 155 acres at the homestead, today the Cushman and Smith families manage nearly 1,800 acres of cropland in three towns.

This multi-generational farming tradition has cultivated a dedication to progress at Cushman Farms. 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, and the new 105-stall freestall barn in 1966. Today’s newest dairy complex includes a rotary parlor that milks 30 cows at a time, and a barn that offers free movement and private stall space for nearly 900 cows.

To manage the farmland and milking operation, Cushman Farms employs 18 full time and 4 part time people. Each day more than 9,000 gallons of milk are produced. Enough milk to supply a city with a population of nearby Norwich.

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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.