About our family
Jesse and Mary have two children; Ava is 3 and Eli is 1 year old. Jesse is one of the agriculture teachers and FFA advisors for Pontiac Township High School. Mary works as the controller for Graymont Cooperative Association, an agriculture cooperative that has been serving farmers in their community as a grain storage facility, feed mill and crop input supplier since 1903.
About our food
Mackinson Dairy Farm is a dairy and grain farm located in Pontiac, Ill. The family farms over 1,500 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa that is used as cattle feed, with the excess marketed and sold through various grain storage facilities. The dairy has grown and now consists of about 165 milking cows and 140 head of heifers and calves.
About our farm
Mackinson Dairy Farm is owned by Mary’s parents, Donald and Rita; her uncle, Roy; and her brother, Matt. Mary’s great-grandfather began the farm over 150 years ago with a handful of cows and 161 acres of land. Today, her family continues to live and farm those same original acres, plus a few more. Without a doubt, farming is more than a livelihood for these four. Each has a true passion for the land and the cows. While Mary doesn’t work on the farm full time, she’s still actively involved and manages the farm’s social media presence.
Our farming philosophy
Mary’s family members begin their days long before sunrise and call it a day after the stars come out. Each is committed to providing consumers with a safe, high-quality product. This commitment to quality means investing in how to best care for not only the cows but also the land.
The best part about being a farmer
Sharing our farm’s story with you, the consumer. Through farm tours, group presentations and our farm’s social media presence, our goal continues to be starting a conversation between the people who grow your food and the people who buy it.