Barstow’s Blog

J.A. Skinner State Park

May 29, 2015

Joseph Allen Skinner State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located in the towns of Hadley and South Hadley. The state park surrounds Mount Holyoke, the westernmost peak of the Mount Holyoke Range. At the summit is the historic Prospect House, an old hotel first opened in 1851 by … Read more

Cows Jump Over the Moon

May 4, 2015

By Jennifer Lee Shea May 4th, 2015 Must be the Milk Just like us New Englanders, cows love the transition from winter to spring. The sunny skies, the warmer weather, the lush green grass – who wouldn’t be excited? Just as more joggers line the roads and people are out … Read more

Andover, Massachusetts: Whole Foods Market Diverts To AD / BioCycle Magazine

April 8, 2015

Grind2Energy News, BioCycle Magazine April 8, 2015 Whole Foods Market has 37 grocery stores in its North Atlantic Region; 29 of those are in Massachusetts. “All but two of our Massachusetts stores are on a commercial organics diversion program, primarily to composting” said Karen Franczyk, Green Mission Coordinator for the North … Read more

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

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