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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

Mass To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

August 6, 2014

NPR’s “The Salt”, by Katherine Perry August 6, 2014 Sure, there’s plenty you can do with leftovers: foist them on your office mates or turn them into casserole. But if you’re a big food waste generator like a hospital or a supermarket, your scraps usually go to the landfill to … Read more

The little engine that could: Barstow’s Longview Farm

July 1, 2014

Country Folks Magazine, by Laura Rodley Cows have always been considered unusual due to their unique style of digestion: their stomach has four chambers. Now Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, MA will be known for having a unique stomach of its own — a BGreen Energy’s Anaerobic Digester that converts … Read more

A Dairy Good Clean Energy Source

June 20, 2014

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center June 20, 2014 More than 200 years ago, the Barstow family built a dairy farm on a plot of land in Hadley. Earlier this month, the family celebrated another milestone on their sixth-generation farm – the start-up of their new anaerobic digester. I was excited to … Read more

Building Farm and Food Scrap Digesters

June 1, 2014

By Nora Goldstein, BioCycle June 2014, Vol. 55, No. 5, p. 58 A steady stream of anaerobic digestion facilities are coming on line, most equipped to process food waste. This first of a two-part series profiles several farm digesters. In the past several weeks, we received invitations to two ribbon … Read more

Farmer Friday: Barstow’s Longview Farm

April 2, 2014

Cabot Creamery Cooperative by Ann Hoogenboom Sustainability is all about cycles. It asks us to question what we throw away – challenging the standard practice of produce, use and dispose. Whether we think about repurposing, as in the case of the Freund Family and their Cow Pots made from manure, … Read more

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