Barstow’s Blog

How these Massachusetts farmers are turning manure and food waste into power

November 29, 2019

PBS News Hour November 29, 2019 Watch: How these Massachusetts farmers are turning manure and food waste into power Transcript Judy Woodruff: In the final episode of our special series this week on food waste, we look at some innovative solutions being developed to deal with the growing problem of … Read more

Baker-Polito Administration Declares November 29, 2019 as “Green Friday”

November 29, 2019

The Baker-Polito Administration has declared Friday, November 29, 2019 as “Green Friday” to encourage people across the Commonwealth to visit their local farms and nurseries for Christmas trees, holiday plants, and holiday decorating needs. “The period following Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for Massachusetts families to shop local and purchase … Read more

Name the Calf “S”

November 3, 2019

Here at Barstow’s Longview Farm everybody has a personality so everybody has a name. Calves born around the same time have names that begin with the same letter. These calves were born in the first half of October. Congratulations to our Name the Calf Contest winners! Siri by Patrick Frazier … Read more

Name the Calf “R”

October 15, 2019

Here at Barstow’s Longview Farm everybody has a personality so everybody has a name. Calves born around the same time have names that begin with the same letter. These calves were born in the last half of September. Congratulations to our Name the Calf Contest winners! Riley by Kelly Reliant … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Open Farm Sunday

October 11, 2019

On a chilly October Sunday, we hitched up the tour wagon, placed out some bakery samples alongside the Cabot cheese, and unlocked the gates, while tunes of vintage country bluegrass carried on the breeze. On October 6th, the Barstow family, and 22 other farm families, celebrated Open Farm Sunday in … Read more

Name the Calf “Q”

October 2, 2019

Here at Barstow’s Longview Farm everybody has a personality so everybody has a name. Calves born around the same time have names that begin with the same letter. These calves were born in the first half of September. Congratulations to our Name the Calf Contest winners! Quila “the one who … Read more

Barstow’s Autumn Soup CSA

September 28, 2019

Sign up for 7 weeks of homemade soups!  Dinner has never been easier! *Full Soup CSA sign ups are closed, but you can still sign up for Single Soup CSA pick ups! More info at the bottom of this post and online sign up form.* Couple CSA: $77 | 1 … Read more

Gratitude Journal: My Local Air Reserve Base

September 27, 2019

VRAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! A wall of sound exploded into the barn without warning. And, gracelessly, the cows moved as far and fast from the noise as possible – huddling in the back of the barn. That many cows moving that quickly can be a dangerous thing – dangerous for the animals and … Read more

Raising green beef: How cattle, dairy farmers are becoming environmentally friendly

September 21, 2019

Daily Hampshire Gazette By LUIS FIELDMAN Staff Writer Published: 9/21/2019  Methane, a greenhouse gas, gets turned into electricity at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley. Enough electricity is generated from cow manure and food waste to power over 1,000 homes. The gas traps heat in the atmosphere and cows produce methane … Read more

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