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But what else can it do?

April 2, 2015

Yeah, yeah, we can see your eyes rolling!  You’ve heard it all before!  The anaerobic digester on Barstow’s Longview Farm creates green electricity for 250 homes, yawn.  It sources free heat to the dairy barns and local homes, cool, whatever.  And yes, you know that the farm uses the fluid … Read more

CISA: Robotic Milking | Connecting Point

December 17, 2014

CISA: Robotic Milking | Connecting Point | Dec. 17, 2014

Robots take over Barstow family farm in Hadley

December 15, 2014

By Dave Eisenstadter, Daily Hampshire Gazette December 15, 2014 After receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars to preserve their seventh generation family farm, the Barstows are using the money to populate it with robots. While negotiating the sale of the Agricultural Preservation Restriction rights on 123 acres of their dairy … Read more

Could Massachusetts food waste ban be a road map for the rest of the country?

November 19, 2014

By Jacob Axelrad, The Christian Monitor November 19, 2014 BOSTON — On a Monday morning in the Boston University food court, students toss plates of food in bins with multicolored labels: green for recycling, black for landfill, and yellow for compostables. “We capture as much food waste and organic material … Read more

Cabots Farmer Friday: Barstow’s Longview Farm

November 4, 2014

Cabot Creamery Cooperative November, 2014 What is your favorite thing about being a dairy farm family? I think the best part about being a dairy farm family is that we aren’t just a family we’re a team.  House after house in our small rural neighborhood is a Barstow home and … Read more

Massachusetts food disposal ban celebrated at Barstow Farm in Hadley, where cows produce biogas

October 3, 2014

MassLive by Mary Serreze, Special to The Republican October 3, 2014 Massachusetts officials brought their “Food Waste Ban Full Harvest Tour” to Hadley on Friday with a visit to Barstow’s Longview Farm, the site of an innovative waste-to-energy project. The farm’s anaerobic digester takes manure and food waste and converts … Read more

Western Massachusetts Foliage Drive

September 25, 2014

Yankee New England’s Magazine By Laura Miller, September 25, 2014 Western Massachusetts Foliage Drive | Directions and Things to Do This Western Massachusetts foliage drive follows the Connecticut River through the countryside, drawing you through multiple layers of time. Distance: about 60 miles with summit detours From the source of … Read more

Methane Digesters are Reducing Cows’ Carbon Hoofprints

August 25, 2014

By Corinna Clendenen, Civil Eats August 25, 2014 How much would you pay to convert manure to electricity? What if you could power your home and workplace, make fertilizer, keep organic waste out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and sell excess energy to the local grid? To transform … Read more

Butter Power

August 7, 2014

Cabot Creamery Cooperative Cow Poop & Food Scraps…Organic Materials In, Electricity Out Barstow’s Longview Farm has a herd of 450 animals. 250 are milking cows and the remaining are young replacement stock and steers. The barn housing the milk cows has pipes hooked up to the anaerobic digester. This manure, with the help … Read more

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