By Laura Hardie
Shaun Riordan and his wife Lauren, owners of Grateful Morning Dairy in Shaftsbury, aren’t your traditional dairy farmers. They didn’t grow up on farms, or have backgrounds in agriculture. Shaun was a special education teacher before becoming a farmer, and Lauren is a midwife.
“We knew we wanted to involve agriculture in our life in some way. We were always looking for a way to do that,” Shaun says. “Education is a job you can do anywhere and so the thought was I could work in education and live in a rural area and have a small farm someday.”