“I don’t think I could do anything else. This is what I’m passionate about … this is what I know … this is what I do … this is what I love.”Annie Link
Name: Annie Link
Location: Alto, Michigan
Years farming: I have been a part of the farm for my whole life, but I’ve become more active over the past seven years. Learn more about my farm at www.dairydiscovery.com.
My family: My husband is Jerry, who I married in 1999. We have three children, Joanna is nine, William is seven, and James is five. My extended family is very close - there are 24 family members who live within two miles of the farm.
How I came to be a farmer: It’s our heritage. My great-grandpa established our farm in 1915. After high school, I attended a local university not really knowing if coming back to the farm was an option. When my husband and I started our family, we knew that there was no better way to raise our children than on a farm. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
The best thing about being a farmer: Cows are my favorite animal! It is so rewarding to see our cows producing high-quality milk and knowing that I played a part in it. I take pride in the fact that we can provide the U.S. and the world with a safe and abundant food supply. We work hard to be the best steward of the environment possible, so my children can have this same opportunity.
My personal philosophy on farming: Being a good steward of the land, animals, and business is directly related to providing people with a great, wholesome product while ensuring the sustainability of our family’s farm.
For more information about dairy production in Michigan, please visit www.dairyfarmingtoday.org