5 Love Languages on the Farm

The 5 Love Languages In honor of the upcoming V-Day holiday, this newsletter is dedicated to the 5 Love Languages that you might find in a healthy relationship, or on a multi-generational dairy farm like ours! Love Language #1 – Words of Affirmation We have the special opportunity to work with our family members daily … Read more

Cabot’s Farmer Pen Pal Program

The farm families of Cabot want to bring life on a dairy farm to kids at home and in their classrooms. Our Pen Pal Program is designed to give a first-hand account about life on a dairy farm, the journey from cow to cheese, and all things farming. What better way to connect kids to the food they enjoy! Meet … Read more

Barstow’s Farm In Hadley Takes The Long View

Business West By George O’Brien  January 5, 2023 While she grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Hadley and enjoyed that lifestyle, Denise Barstow Manz had no intention of making the 200-year-old operation a career. “The farm was a place that was fun, and I had a really good time playing with my cousins, being around … Read more

Hockanum Day 2022

The Hockanum Rural Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, is a rural community encompassing a classically famous landscape along the Connecticut River in Hadley, Massachusetts.  The fertile farmland and quiet village is home to families that have been here for generations. On Hockanum Day, meet, discuss, and learn about … Read more

Some Like it Hot

Corn General consensus on the farm: this heat wave has got to chill… But some like it hot! Corn originated as a tropical grass and can tolerate exposures to adverse temperatures as high as 112degreesF for brief periods. Corn’s ideal daytime temperatures typically range between 77degreesF and 91degrees! However, growth decreases when temperatures exceed 95degreesF, … Read more

Connecting Springfield Students with Barstow’s Longview Dairy Farm

Karly Dunn, Home Grown Springfield| View Author Bio Visiting Barstow’s Longview Dairy Farm and Bakery transformed my perspective on what “local” really means, not only as a former Springfield Public Schools student, but now as a student advocate and proponent of healthy, happy animals. Growing Up in the City Dairy is a timely topic on the minds of … Read more

Making a difference on the sustainability front

Dairy Foods June 21, 2022 Kathie Canning Turning waste into energy For many dairy companies, manufacturing waste is an unfortunate reality — it is simply discarded, adding to the collective wastewater or landfill burden. Waitsfield, Vt.-based Cabot Creamery, however, knew it could do better. So the cooperative partnered with Vanguard Renewables, Wellesley, MA, about a … Read more

June is Dairy Month

Together Again If you’re attending the Hadley Memorial Day Parade tomorrow afternoon, be sure to wave to the Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery float! Instead of candy, we’ll be tossing Cabot cheese into the crowd! The Hadley parade had taken a pause during the pandemic, and we are excited to rejoin the festivities and memorial … Read more

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. Small dairy farms in Vermont teeter chronically on the brink of insolvency. Nearly … Read more

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