Meeting the Owners
The next partner to meet is, David Franklin. Dave has been working for Eden Valley Farms since 2004. He started as a herdsman and climbed up the ladder with his hard-work ethic, knowledge, and communication skills.
In 2012, Dave became an owner with the farm and took on the role of Human Resource Manager. David is great at communicating with the employees and solving any issues very quickly. Dave is also in charge of caring for the heifers on the farm. Ensuring that the heifers are raised properly, hitting growth bench marks, and managing cows health and comfort. Dave is bilingual and strives to achieve teamwork with employees around the farm to ensure everything runs smoothly. He takes the time to listen to what every employee has to say, and he takes what they say into consideration to make things easier for everyone.
Dave's passion for farming started when he was fourteen. He worked on a dairy farm as a helping hand doing anything from milking cows, fixing equipment, to crop work. Every day at work was a fun day for him. Dave also worked at a Meat Processing Plant and Tops Bakery. In 1998, he was hired by Genex to be the Western New York breeder and sales representative. Dave has a wide array of talents to bring to the farm. Anything from breeding cows to computer science technology, Dave can do it all! Dave really enjoys learning new thing and how to continue to grow and develop at his job!
Dave's favorite dairy product is yogurt! His absolute favorite, is a yogurt parfait from McDonald's. Did you know that some of McDonald’s dairy products come from Upstate Cooperative which is where we ship our milk?
In Dave's free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children. He also enjoys playing his guitar and listening to music. Dave looks forward to all of the new opportunities for the farm, and ensuring that the proper business decisions are made to be successful!
Dave says, "I strive to lift employees up and empower them to fulfill their utmost potential while cultivating a positive and safe work environment"