Acworth owner of Dairy Farm of the Year is the king of cows
John Luther of Parnassus Farm in Acworth, with Brown Swiss cow Vibrant, never considered any other career other than dairy farming. (MEGHAN PIERCE PHOTO)
The New England Green Pastures Committee cited Luther for being conscientious about environmental issues that arise for hillside farms such as his Parnassus Farm. The award, started in 1947, was presented to Luther and farms in the five other New England states at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., last month.
He said he never wants operations to grow so large that he can't milk his own herd.
Luther runs the farm with the help of his wife Robin, who works full-time for University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, primarily in 4-H youth development.
Their 23-year-old daughter Karyn Luther also lives on the farm.
A friend suggested that he name the farm Parnassus, after a mountain Utopia of Greek mythology.
Earl Jr. died about six years ago, but his 83-year-old wife — Luther's mom — continues to live in one of the farm houses and stays active driving a town school bus.
Luther is lead singer for his rock 'n' roll band, The Longjons, established 20 years ago. He recently took a role in a half-hour comedy television show a local woman is producing. A public access TV station in nearby Bellows Falls, Vt., plans to air the show, Luther said.
"It's a great place to live. There are easier places to farm, but there's no better place to live," Luther said.
Michal Lunak of UNH Cooperative Extension in Grafton County said the committee that chooses the top farms is made up of New England Green Pastures award winners of the past three years.
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