Art in Hockanum

Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery hosts a Featured Artist on our walls to give us new and lovely perspectives on the beautiful Pioneer Valley we call home. But art has been part of this area’s history. The spectacular views of the Connecticut River valley from Mount Holyoke, the mountain located just behind Barstow’s Longview Farm, … Read more

New England Farm Energy Collaborative Summer Gathering

July 12, 2017 By Megan Denardo and Renee Stearns, Program Specialists Center for EcoTechnology The anaerobic digestor at Barstow’s Longview Farm in South Hadley turns farm waste like manure into energy the farm can use. On June 27th, members of New England Farm Energy Collaborative (NEFEC) met for their annual gathering. Those in attendance included … Read more

Real Pickles Products

Real Pickles® is a small, worker-owned co-operative producing pickled products that are raw, vinegar-free, 100% organic, and rich in probiotics. Their products are made using the traditional natural fermentation process that has been used for centuries all over the world.  In support of a regional food system, they buy all of their vegetables from family … Read more

Local Traditions are Made in the Kitchen: Hadley’s Asparagus Supper

May 26, 2017 Story by Mary Reilly, Photography by Elaine Papa Edible pioneer valley Hadley grass is responsible for one of my springtime traditions: nearly getting rear-ended as I see a farm stand and brake for the first bunch of the season. A more longstanding local asparagus-based tradition is the First Congregational Church of Hadley’s … Read more

Hockanum Flood Sign

Hockanum Village is in a 100-year flood-plain. While this contributes to fertile soil, it also means this area has gone through some very extreme flooding.  During heavy, extensive rain and during rapid snow melt in the north, the Connecticut River floods and the fields and sometimes even roads are inundated. You can visit the Hockanum … Read more

Taking the Longview: Anaerobic Digester Keeps MA Dairy Cost-Effective

Emily Gaylord   April 28, 2017 Recycling Works In the face of a changing dairy market, Barstow’s Longview Dairy Farm in Hadley, MA capitalized on another product from their cows: manure. Manure Manager reports that Vanguard Renewables invested in the construction of an anaerobic digester that allows the farm to repurpose the manure as both fuel … Read more

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