Over 1,300 people visited Mill Creek Dairy, home of the Gregory family, for the 2010 Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm.
Meet the Gregorys
Tom and Donna purchased the family farm from Tom’s parents, Willard & Loretta, in 1981. The 240-acre dairy farm grew from 45 cows to 80 milking cows. In the early 1990s, the environment became a greater concern, because a creek borders the farm. In 1996, the Gregorys started making plans for a new barn site and environmentally-friendly facility. Tom’s brother, Ed, joined the operation and in 1997, Mill Creek Dairy was constructed. Tom and Donna’s son, Nick, became an employee of the farm after graduating from college. The Gregorys now have a herd of 375 cows and harvest crops from 700 acres of land.
Tom and Donna have two other children employed off the farm. Their daughter, Michelle, is married and works for the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. Their son, Chris, is a registered nurse at MeritCare Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.
Owners: Tom & Donna Gregory, Ed Gregory
Cows Milked: 325
Acres Farmed: 700
Crops Grown: Corn, Alfalfa
Employees: 2 full-time; 10 part-time
The Gregorys are active members of their community and church. Tom serves on the board of directors for New Vision Alliance and Cold Spring Co-op and is a member of the Stearns County Dairy Advisory Committee. Ed serves on the Stearns County DHIA board of directors. In addition to helping with the calves on the farm, Donna works full-time as a registered nurse at the St. Cloud Hospital.
While their children were growing up they were active in 4-H and FFA. Several of Mill Creek Dairy’s part-time employees are members of the Kimball FFA Chapter.