Dairy farmer Louis Escobar works long days, in all kinds of weather. He rises before the sun, goes to bed long after it sets, and yet, he’ll tell you this is his dream job. “I am living my life’s dream,” he says, as he takes a break from the afternoon’s milking on the farm his father bought in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1937. Louis helped with chores as a youngster and continued working the farm until taking over in 1972. Today, he and his wife Jane milk 95 cows on their 98-acre farm and raise another 80 young stock. In addition to the farm, the Escobars operate an artificial insemination company serving regional dairy farms and are active member of Agri-Mark, the regional dairy cooperative that owns the Cabot brand, which markets their milk to customers in southern New England. Part of their milk is sold locally under the Rhody Fresh brand in conjunction with seven other local farms. Louis was a founder of Rhody Fresh Milk and currently serves as its president (He put up his farm as collateral so that Rhody Fresh could borrow start-up money).
The Escobars also open their farm for school visits, and are active with their local 4-H chapter, as Louis shares his love of farming with the next generation. He’s happy to report that his grandson stands ready to continue the tradition at Escobar Farm. Louis does understand that farming is not for everyone. “Working on a dairy farm is the worst job in the world if you don’t love it, but my grandson is looking forward to carrying on for the next generation.” Looking on proudly will be Louis Escobar. “You know how some people work for years and years, and then they retire so they can do what they’ve always wanted to do?” asks Louis. “Well, this is what I’ve always wanted to do, so I guess you could say I’ve been ‘retired’ my whole life.”