Dairy Month Dairy Crawl 2019

June is Dairy Month! Local farmstands in Hadley, South Hadley, and Sunderland are celebrating with the Dairy Month Dairy Crawl! Visit the participating farmstands; Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery, McCray’s Country Creamery, Flayvors of Cook Farm, Maple Valley’s Hadley Scoop, North Hadley Sugar Shack and Market, and Smiarowski’s Farmstand and Creamery; and purchase an ice cream to get your Dairy Crawl … Read more

Dairy Farms: Part of the Climate Solution

Must be the Milk April 22, 2019 Climate change has challenged our society to adopt practices and technologies to cut fossil fuels, reduce emissions, and live more sustainably. With razor thin margins, farmers are being further tested. Our livelihood directly depends on a healthy economy, a healthy community, and a healthy planet. Here are a … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Diemand Farm

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) offered a farm business planning course though the winter. I was fortunate to be able to take this course, giving me the skills to make my family’s farm more profitable and sustainable. And I was also fortunate to become acquainted with the Diemand family in my class. Tessa … Read more

Gratitude Journal: dinner & a speaker event

Last night was Barstow’s second ever Dinner & a Speaker event titled Rural Prosperity: how we lost it and how we get it back. A huge thank you to Dr. Holly Hanson, history professor at Mount Holyoke College, for her fascinating lecture! Dr. Hanson outlined four relationships that contribute to rural prosperity: Farmer and Nature … Read more

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