• The de Jong Family

Family Farm

A New Home

In 1985 Jan and Rinske de Jong packed their possessions, said their goodbyes, and came to the land of opportunity. Leaving friends and family in Holland, they were guided by a passion and a dream of starting a dairy of their own. Working Cows Dairy was established that same year in October of 1985.

Jan Jonny Mendy Ike de Jong Alabama Organic Dairy Farm
Family Dairy Farm

Starting Small

The de Jong's started milking 180 cows for a dairy farmer in Cottondale, Florida for the use his barn and 40 acres. They leased 55 cows, with the $ 5,000 they had saved in Holland and started milking 20 hours a day. Working Cows Dairy operated in Cottondale for 2 years. They moved to a rented farm in Grand Ridge, FL in 1987 with 29 cows. In Grand Ridge the farm and the family grew. In four years three sons were born: Jonny, Mendy and Ike, and they worked their way up from 29 cows to 220 cows.

Sweet Home Alabama

In 1991 Working Cows Dairy relocated to Slocomb, Alabama, to the farm where they still operate today.

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