Conor and Alexis MacDonald own Bo Lait Farm, an organic dairy farm in Washington. Originally from New Hampshire and Maryland, respectively, the couple met four years ago in North Carolina where Conor was stationed in the Special Forces. Alexis happened to be visiting for a wedding, and the two hit it off. At the time, they had no idea they would one day start a dairy farm together, but now they can’t imagine it any other way.
Conor knew he wanted to do something different when he left the military, and “farming was always something I was drawn to,” said Conor, who grew up with a family milk cow, and whose relatives still farm in Nova Scotia. While neither Conor nor Alexis grew up on dairy farms, they both “really love cows, and love working with large animals so wanted to start a business doing just that.” Alexis says. “Dairy farming was the best fit for us. So many of our friends and family tell us they never would have thought we’d have become dairy farmers, but it seems to embody so many of the things that are important to us: animals, nature, hard work, community. It can be exhausting and maddening and frustrating at times, but it’s also empowering and rewarding.”
The decision to move to Maine was also a natural choice as well. Here they found “access to affordable land, a growing number of young farmers to network and connect with, vast beauty…” said Conor. They worked with MFT when buying their farm to place an easement on the property, which made the farm more affordable. They are thrilled to have put down roots at Bo’Lait, which translates to “Cow Milk” and blends their respective ancestries (Bo’ is “cow” in Scottish Gaelic and “lait” is “milk” in French) to create a farm name that is both literal and unique.