Tom and Nancy Clark
The story of the Old Chatham Sheepherding Company really begins with a blue ribbon 10-year-old Tom Clark won for his Hampshire sheep at the Dutchess County Fair in upstate New York. At the time, he told a local newspaper reporter when he grew up he wanted to raise a flock. His career path took him elsewhere, but then Tom and his wife Nancy bought 600 acres of lush grassy fields in Old Chatham, New York. They now own the largest sheep dairy farm in the United Sates.
Since the beginning in 1993, Tom and Nancy have been involved in every aspect of the operation from helping design the barns and creamery to cheesemaking. If you happen to be in the neighborhood on a summer weekend, drive along Shaker Museum Road and wave at the guy on the big red tractor. It is probably Tom.