Who We Are
Mary Jordan – Chair/Director of the Division of Agricultural Markets, MDAR
Mary serves as Chair of the Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board, as Commissioner Scott Soares' designee. Mary began employment with the MDAR in 1987 as a marketing intern. Shortly after, she became a Market Specialist with the Department, until assuming the position of Director of Agricultural Markets in 1996. The Division of Agricultural Markets fosters the sustainability of Massachusetts agriculture through innovative marketing, business, educational, and environmentally sound initiatives.
Melissa Griffin – Board Member – Buckland
Melissa grew up in Buckland on Clessons River Farm. Today, she is a fifth generation farmer, working full-time along with her father. They milk approximately 60 registered Holsteins, Red and White Holsteins, and a few Brown Swiss. Their Holstein herd was recently honored with the Progressive Breeders Registry Award for the first time from the Holstein Association USA. Melissa has shown cows much of her life, starting in 4-H and continuing to show at local and county fairs today. She had judged many local youth shows throughout Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island. In addition to her MDPB position, Melissa serves as the secretary for Agri-Mark's Young Cooperator program, secretary of the Massachusetts Holstein Association, and vice-president of the Hampshire-Franklin Holstein Club. Melissa is also an active trumpet player and in her spare time performs across the region.
Krisanne Koebke – Secretary/Walnut Lane Farm – Dudley
Krisanne and Jim Koebke own Walnut Lane Farm in Central Massachusetts. They met in 4-H learning how to show and care for cows. Today, they farm 230 acres of land and milk approximately 70 registered cows, mostly Holsteins and a few Jerseys, and tend to another 80 replacement heifers. The farm has been in the Koebke family for four generations, since 1910. Jim's father Henry still helps with field cropping from time to time. The next generation at Walnut Lane Farm is Krisanne and Jim's three sons, Gus, Curtis and Nolan. The boys, when not participating in their own 4-H project help out on the farm every day with chores like feeding the chickens and calves and keeping the barn clean.
Darryl Williams – Treasurer/Luther Belden Farm – Hatfield
Darryl and Lucinda Williams are 12th generation dairy farmers managing 200 acres along the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts. The farm began in 1661 growing vegetable crops. In 1964 the farm became a dedicated dairy farm, today home to approximately 100 Holsteins cows and 90 young stocks. It's a family affair on the farm. Their three children help with many of the daily farm responsibilities. Luther Belden Farm is an Agri-Mark/Cabot Cooperative Member.
Warren Shaw – Board Member/Shaw Farm – Dracut
Shaw Farm Dairy is over 100 years old and milks approximately 75 Holsteins and an additional 15 Organic cows on 175 acres in the Merrimack Valley. The year round farm store sells Shaw Farm pasteurized milk in all varieties and flavors, half & half, Shaw Dairy New England Organic Creamery milk, seasonal Egg Nog, Shaw Dairy butter, and over 60 varieties of ice cream, frozen yogurt and sherbet. The farm and farm store's daily operations includes the work and passion of several of Shaw's children.
Kathy Herrick – Board Member/Herrick Farm – Rowley
Kathy and Sam Herrick own Herrick Dairy Farm on the North Shore. The land has been farmed for over 300 years. The dairy farm has been in the Herrick family for at least five generations. They have 140 acres and 225 Holsteins cows, milking 90. All four of their children work on the farm, and their daughter also farms seven acres of vegetables for their 100 member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The Herrick Dairy Farm is an Agri-Mark/Cabot Cooperative Member.
David Hanson – Board Member/Hanson Farm — Brookfield
David and Margaret Hanson own the Hanson Farm in Central Massachusetts. They have 220 acres, 60 Jersey cows, and some 45 young stocks. The farm has been in the Hanson family for five generations, since 1912. David was raised on the farm and has been milking cows since his early teens. Margaret married into dairy farming, and she loves it to her core. Their three children have all helped with chores, learned responsibility early on, and developed a lasting love for the environment. Hanson Farm is an Agri-Mark/Cabot Cooperative Member.