Doug and Pat moved from Sussex, NJ in April of 1967 to the current location. They have raised four children on the farm and have put them all through college. All four children Sharon (Doug), Jim(Barb), Brian(Crystal) and Kevin(Joy) participated in chores on the farm. Life on the farm has instilled on all the children, life skills and experiences that cannot be replicated. After many bumps along the way the farm has grown to its current size!
The Family Grows
As all four children experienced life, have gotten married and have had their own children(making 8 grandchildren). Brian and Crystal and Jim and Barb have stayed on the farm to raise their children, in this family friendly environment. With the need to expand the farm, we did not want to be the next big farm! We wanted to stay small and give our kids that hands on experience and country lifestyle and values! All of the second generation has a job off the farm and we wanted to be able to “come home” . It has always been Brian and Crystals dream to bring people to the farm and to share our knowledge and life style with others.. In eleventh grade, Brian won a scholarship for a essay he wrote on agri-tourism, who would have known!
The Business Grows
After discussion and planning and more discussion and more planning we finally found equipment, an idea and concept that would work for us and our family. We saw this micro-creamery in a news article that was interesting and somewhat affordable without banking the whole farm on it. We decided to check it out in January of 2010 and ultimately, we just went for it. We ordered the equipment in November of 2012, with hopes to be up and going in the spring of 2013.
What about the Name
The farm name is Aukema-Dairy, which can be pronounced a thousand ways and also spelled in so many ways that nobody knows what we are talking about. Aukema is a Dutch name, and Doug was born in Holland, his family of nine other brother and sisters moved over to the United States when he was three, right after WW II(a few of them were born here after they moved). So there is the Dutch part of the name. The Hill, well I guess you will need to come out to the farm to see where that came from!