Can Biodigesters Save America’s Small Dairy Farms?

MAY 16, 2022 Modern Farmer Anne N. Connor The sustainable technology presents an opportunity to turn cow manure and food waste into renewable energy and added income. But biodigesters are not always easy to operate, and they can be costly to replace. Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts contracts with Vanguard Renewables to manage its … Read more

Videos Highlight Massachusetts Farmers’ Commitment to Soil Health

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation February 14, 2022 A series of videos showcases the various ways farmers in Massachusetts are supporting soil health and sustainability. The videos feature produce and other crop growers, a dairy farmer and a researcher from the University of Massachusetts who works with the state’s farmers. Along with a 27-minute video, the … Read more

Hadley farm pioneering environmental health efforts

Nov. 16, 2021 |  Trent Levakis | The Reminder HADLEY – Barstow’s Longview Farm has been a part of a team leading the charge in decarbonization efforts. Through a new project in collaboration with Vanguard Renewables and Cabot Creamery they are utilizing environmental resources to eliminate food waste and improve food sustainability as a whole. The … Read more

Dairy Takes a Leadership Role in Impacting Climate Change as Stonyfield Organic and Cabot Creamery Cooperative Join the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance

Business Wire November 4, 2021 BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stonyfield Organic and Cabot are joining forces alongside the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance (FPSA) and Dairy Farmers of America to place dairy as a leader in forging a circular pathway to decarbonization and climate change mitigation. The Alliance, founded in 2020 by Vanguard Renewables, Unilever, Starbucks, and Dairy Farmers … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Dairy Month

Happy Dairy Month! (and Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈) If you know anything about dairy, you already know that dairy farmers celebrate dairy 24/7/365 – farming isn’t just a profession, it’s a lifestyle! Dairy is always on our mind, and for this beautiful month, we hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on this amazing food … Read more

2020 Sustainable Business of the Year Awards

The 2020 Sustainable Business Awards spotlights the brightest of what’s happening in our local economy. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on small businesses has been tremendous, with the number of small businesses in Massachusetts being down 37% as of November 2020. Small businesses lend a distinct flavor to the communities in which they thrive. … Read more

Green Night: Recycling Food Waste via Farm Powered Anaerobic Digestion

In the United States, more than 40 percent of all food produced ends up being discarded. With seven FarmPowered anaerobic digesters in New England, Vanguard Renewables is the largest organics recycler in the Northeast. While waste reduction strategies can help minimize this waste, currently much of this inedible food is still sent to landfills or incinerators, but … Read more

When Waste is not Wasted: Dairy Farmers Leading the Way on Responsible Manure Management

This article comes from the NOFA/Massachusetts 2020 June Issue Newsletter By Christy Bassett, Northeast Organic Farming Association / Mass Dairy Program Coordinator At Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, MA, Denise Barstow and family have taken a slightly higher tech approach to manure management. With 350 cows and heifers in their dairy herd, they have a … Read more

Announcing the Winners of the Sustainable Business of the Year Awards 2020

The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts has selected its Annual Sustainable Business of the Year Award winners. There were many nominations received and it is clear that Massachusetts is blessed with a large number of extraordinary businesses that merit recognition and have earned this honor. The Awards will be given at the annual Sustainable Business … Read more

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