Abbie Corse is an organic dairy farmer and land steward in Whitingham, Vermont (unceded Abenaki territory). She and her parents manage The Corse Farm Dairy which was established in 1868 as a grazing dairy and has existed as one since. The farm ships milk to Organic Valley, utilizes solar power, and is repeatedly recognized for its high-quality milk production. It was the first Master Grazier site in Vermont for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program. Corse graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Global Studies. Upon graduation she worked at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, the Telluride Film Festival, and MASS MoCA before determining that her soul still belonged to the land resulting in her return to her family’s farm. Corse was recognized in 2019 as a Vermont Business Magazine 40 under 40 Rising Star and as the Emerging Leader for Vermont’s Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2020. She currently serves on the board of NOFA-VT, VHCB’s Farm & Forest Advisory Board, VAAFM’s Dairy Advisory Council, as an advisor to the Vermont Dairy & Water Coalition, and as a member of the District 2 Environmental Commission.
We haven’t had a plow in the ground for 40 years. We’re trying to manage for, pardon the pun, whatever organically grows. We’re at 2,000 feet, so nothing grows here well except for cows and grass.2 January 2022