These friendly faces are known and appreciated by many, Glen and Marilyn Easter, owners of Eastglen Jerseys Farm. I had an opportunity to sit down with the Easter's and learn more about the farm and their outstanding community involvement.
Eastglen Jerseys Farm was first started in Canada in 1927, then later moved stateside to Vermont in the 1960s. In 1978, the Easter family decided to move to their current location in Laurens County, South Carolina. The farms went from having 75 jersey cows to currently having 300 milking cows. These cows produce approximately 2,000 gallons of milk a day which is stored in a 4,000 lb tank. The milk is picked up every other day to be processed at the PET in Spartanburg.
Since moving to Laurens County, Glen and Marilyn have become very involved in the community. They have both served on numerous boards and committees locally and on the state and national levels. They have been a part of the 4-H program since 1954, they are also
involved in the SC Jersey Cattle Association, many Farm Bureau committees and associations, the Laurens County Chamber of Commerce, Laurens County registration and election board, Clemson Extension Advisory Committee, and many more. Marilyn and Glen have both been individually been inducted into the Dairy Hall of Fame at Clemson. They also serve the community by giving back. In 2015 the Easter's learned that milk was the most requested and least donated food to food banks. So, with the help from Farm Bureau Women's Committee, 4-H Dairy Club, and purchasing some on their own, the Easters deliver milk twice a week to United Ministries Food Bank. It totals to be 24-28 gallons of whole milk weekly. This great act of generosity was recently featured on DairyHerd.com.
Laurens County is lucky to have Eastglen Jerseys Farm and the Easters as a part of the community, we appreciate all you do!
Article by: Graysen Martin
Laurens County Chamber of Commerce
Photos by: Marilyn Easter