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Cows & Conservation: An Innovative Farm Tour
November 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
In 2014, the Barstow family worked with Kestrel and the Commonwealth to place an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) on 123 acres of their farmland, preserving it forever. The Barstows reinvested the funds from the sale of the APR back into their 215 year-old dairy farm to secure its future. They purchased robotic milkers, a tool that improves milk production, animal health, and farm efficiency.
On November 13 from 10 am to noon, visit this innovative local dairy farm in Hadley with seventh generation family member Denise Barstow. She will take you on a tour of the farm to view the robot milkers, dairy barn, calf barn, bunker silos, and anaerobic digester—a system that converts cow manure and food waste into fertilizer, heat, and electricity for 1,600 homes. You’ll also find out how APRs contribute to habitat, sustainability, heritage, and farm viability.
This 0.5 mile walk includes some hills, uneven terrain, and mud. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get dirty. The event will take place rain or shine.
This event is free, but donations are welcome. Registration is required and space is limited!
Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery and Barstow’s Longview Farm is owned and operated by sixth and seventh generation Barstow’s. Nestled at the base of Skinner State Park and right alongside the Connecticut River, the dairy farm has been a part of the landscape since 1806.
Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery offers homemade baked goods and pies, lunch from local ingredients, farm fresh produce, farm raised beef, ice cream, and scenic views of protected farmland from the porch and dining room. This family friendly store is open daily year round. Come meet your neighborhood dairy farmer!