As busy as the dairy keeps them, the Chittendens find time to be involved in agriculture and community organizations.
Paul has been active in the Jersey breed. Like his father, Stanley, he is a former president and director for the AJCA and recipient of the organization's Distinguished Service Award. He has also been a director and officer for the New York and New England Jersey cattle associations. Paul has been involved with the cooperative extension service and the milk and local auction cooperatives. He devoted 38 years to 4-H as a club leader and now limits his service to Stuyvesant's board of assessment review and the board of the Columbia County Fair, which he also serves as livestock superintendent.
Brian is president of the New York Jersey Cattle Club and sits on the board of the Columbia County Soil and Water Conservation District. He is a town council person and serves on both the Greenway and Agriculture Committees. As well, he is a former president and assistant chief of the local fire station.
Alan is a director for the American Jersey Cattle Association. He is also a third-generation 4-H leader. He is a director and former president of the New England Jersey Breeders Association and serves on the board of New England Jersey Sires.
Nathan coaches the 4-H dairy quiz bowl team and is active with dairy promotion. He is past president of the Agri-Mark Young Cooperators program and past president and board member of the Columbia County Cooperative Extension Service.
Brian, Alan and Nathan each have received the AJCA Young Jersey Breeder award. Eight members of the family have placed in the National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest, including Paul, Brian, Alan, Karin, Nathan, Cassie, Emily and Meagan. Alan won the contest in 1988 while sister Karin topped the contest in 1994. Cousins Cassie and Emily earned the top prize in 2011 and 2015, respectively.
Covers of the Jersey Journal featuring National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest winners Emily (left, September 2016) and Cassie (right, September 2012).
The family hosts numerous tours of the farm for agriculture and non-agriculture groups alike. Each year, Dutch Hollow Farm hosts an open farm day which exposes 400-500 consumers to the REAL story of dairy farming.
In 2009, the dairy was a stop on the post-conference tour of the World Jersey Cattle Bureau Conference. More recently, the farm was visited by 200 representatives from World Wide Sires and additional groups of Jersey breeders from China, Holland, the Isle of Jersey and Quebec.
Kids and Cows - A Perfect Pairing
Cassie, Emily with Anna, Zachary, Maxwell, Jonathan, Lydia and Meagan
Lydia (center) purchased the second high-seller at the 2017 Pot O'Gold Sale, Primus Kwynn Haven-ET. At the same sale, Maxwell purchased Ohio Spartan Sensation 540 and Caroline Lafferty purchased Cedar MTN Farm Lexicon Ribbon.
Emily (left) won the 2015 National Jersey Youth Achievement Contest and received the Russell-Malnati Scholarship for Advanced Studies.
Emily (right) was a member of the 2014 National Jersey Queen court and also received the Cedarcrest Farms Scholarship.
Meagan with Dutch Hollow Sam Holloway, winner of the Sunbow Farms Trophy at the 2014 All American Junior Jersey Show.
Cassie with Dutch Hollow Tradition Gilly, class winner of the protein award at the 2012 All American Junior Jersey Show.
Maxwell, Lydia and Emily with the winning entry in the best three females class at the Delaware County Fair.
Cassie (left) was named first alternate in the 2011 National Jersey Queen contest.
Lydia with her favorite cow, Dutch Hollow Legion Kitty, Reserve Grand Champion of the 2012 Columbia County Fair.
Maxwell with Dutch Hollow Gov. Ice Cream, Supreme Champion of the 2012 Columbia County Fair.
Zachary getting a hand from Christian Lafferty at the Duchess County Fair.
Dutch Hollow juniors -- Maxwell, Lydia, Emily, Cassie and Meagan -- at the farm.
Meagan (left) promotes milk and dairy products at the New York State Fair as the Columbia County Dairy Princess.