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Our Heritage 2017-08-18T13:07:04+00:00
about hatcher family dairy

The Hatcher Family is very proud of our heritage. Since 1831, Five consecutive generations have farmed the land God has assigned to us in College Grove, Tennessee.

We are committed to the core values of faith, quality, cooperation, integrity and stewardship handed down by our forefathers over 175 years ago. These values are a tradition for us and we promote them in our dealings with our customers, our partners and the community.

Dairies in the Southeast have been decreasing in numbers rapidly over the last several years. It has been extremely difficult to make a living in the dairy business due to rising input costs like fuel, fertilizer and feed etc. In addition, we had the pressure of encroaching development. We decided we would try something new and innovative to keep the dairy going and profitable. The idea was to process and pasteurize our own milk. After tremendous community support, we had our store grand opening June 11th, 2007.

We are a family business. Jim Hatcher is Farm manager and Milkman. Charles Hatcher is Milkman, Delivery Man and helps with the processing. Sharon Hatcher is Store manager. Jennifer Hatcher and Charlie Hatcher are both veterinarians at Rock N Country Veterinarian Services (right on the farm), and fill in where needed as time allows.

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Meet Our Family.

CHARLIE HATCHER

CHARLIE HATCHER

Son of the late Abe Hatcher, is a veterinarian and a fourth generation Hatcher to live on the farm. Charlie works full time for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and in his spare time can be found working on the farm or at farmer’s markets. He is in debt up to his eyeballs, but loves every minute of farm life and farm work!

SHARON HATCHER

Wife of Charlie Hatcher is the store manager, sheep manager, dog caretaker, book keeper and chief bottle washer. Sharon takes care of business.
JIM HATCHER

JIM HATCHER

Brother of Charlie Hatcher, a lifelong farmer, is another fourth generation Hatcher to live on the farm. He is the Hatcher Family Farm manager, the Abe Hatcher Creamery manager and the reason we have wonderful seasonal grasses for the cows to enjoy. Jim loves to hunt and golf when he has time.
CHARLES HATCHER

CHARLES HATCHER

Son of Charlie and Sharon Hatcher is a 2009 graduate of MTSU with a degree in Ag Business. He is a fifth generation Hatcher to live on the farm. Charles is the co-manager of the Hatcher Family Dairy, manages the milk delivery routes, and is the most eligible bachelor in Tennessee.

JENNIFER HATCHER

Daughter of Charlie and Sharon Hatcher, veterinarian, married to Chuck Yoest, is another fifth generation Hatcher to live on the farm. Jennifer manages the family veterinary practice – Rock N Country Veteranarian Services – on the farm, and was the first second generation student to graduate from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine following her father’s footsteps. The veterinary practice keeps her very busy but Jennifer watches over all the Hatcher animals including the cattle, horses, sheep, goats, dogs and cats and helps out on the farm whenever possible.

CHUCK YOEST

Husband of Jennifer Hatcher, is employed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. When Chuck is not working to protect and manage Tennessee’s wildlife he may be found selling Hatcher milk and meat at a farmer’s market, repairing the fences, cutting trees, mowing grass, gardening, feeding the cattle, hunting or whatever needs to be done on the farm. He is a pretty good son-in-law and looks just like Carl Edwards.
about hatcher family dairy

Christian Values

It starts here. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and we try to follow his teachings.

Family

We believe that family is important and is the very fabric holding us together. The Hatcher family is involved in every aspect of this business. A family that works together stays together.

Tradition

Hatchers have been doing this since 1831 and we want to continue. We have a great deal of respect for our forefathers and feel obligated to carry on the tradition. That’s why we are now offering farm fresh milk from our own cows.

Land

We take the stewardship of the land very seriously and conservation is foremost in our minds.

Animals

Two of the Hatchers are veterinarians and animal welfare is a top priority with us.  Many of the cows are named and are part of our family. We treat them as such.

Quality and Price

We are committed to providing the highest quality products at a fair price.

Feeding Our Cows

We realize cows are ruminant animals with four stomachs and are uniquely suited to digest forages and fiber and turn them into milk. Therefore,we believe rotational grazing is the best management feeding style for our small rolling Tennessee farm.

We want the cows to do most of the harvesting.

Abe Hatcher Charity

Tennessee Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom – Abe Hatcher Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Abe Hatcher Memorial Scholarship fund was created in 2012 in memory of Abe Hatcher to honor his love for Agriculture and Music. The fund is housed under Tennessee Farm Bureau’s Tennessee Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, a 501(c) 3 charitable organization. Contributions to the Abe Hatcher Memorial Scholarship Fund are fully tax deductible.

Since the inception of the Abe Hatcher Memorial Scholarship fund, over 12,000 dollars has been raised for the fund and (7) 1000 dollar Tennessee college scholarships have been awarded to deserving Tennessee college students helping to make Tennessee farms stronger. Each year (2) 1000 dollar agriculture scholarships and (1) 1000 dollar music scholarship can be presented at the annual Tennessee Young Farmers and Ranchers conference.

An application for the Abe Hatcher Memorial Scholarship fund can be found at the following link:
http://www.tnfarmbureau.org/abe-hatcher-agriculture-music-memorial-young-farmer-scholarships