A young mom running a dairy farm gives us a darling sneak peek behind the scenes.

Cheese is cheese, you say? Not so fast, buck-o.

Not all dairy gets produced the same way. Some comes from very small farms with actual families taking on the shared responsibility of caring for their animals.

That’s how the cows get raised at Royalty Ridge Farm, in Tillamook, Oregon.

It’s owned and operated by the Lancasters; Freynie and her husband, Ryan, along with their kids, Logan, Tatum, and Harper.

Farming wasn’t a choice made to try to get rich but a deliberate exercise in the values they wanted to live. Freynie explains:

“Both my husband and I have been farming our entire lives. Working in nature, with animals and together as a family, is what inspired us to devote our lives to dairy farming.”

Freynie Lancaster steadies a young calf while Logan, Tatum, and Harper help feed him. All images used with permission.

One of the kids’ jobs is feeding all the new babies, which actually sounds like a pretty enviable sibling activity!

Logan handles the bottle while Tatum and Harper give her some love.

Freynie says that a strong community is crucial for family farms.

“Having a strong community bond is so important for farmers. In our small community of Tillamook, many families rely on dairy farming as a source of income. I feel supported by many members of the community, even if they aren’t from a farming background. I know many people who grew up in Tillamook and moved away years ago, but … the Tillamook Cheese Factory is their root. They continue to support us and are very proud of the farming community they were a part of!”

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