Gratitude Journal: Harvest on our Minds

Harvest on our Minds Corn harvest is underway and the entire farm team is holding our collective breath; praying for no breakdowns, a high quality yield, and a safe silage season. Harvest time involves a lot of sitting. Steven is sitting in the forage harvester, David is sitting while packing the silo, an army of … 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

A Big Step for our Littlest Ones

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘take care of your pennies, and your dollars will take care of themselves’? This same parable works for a herd. Making sure our calves get the right start yields healthy, calm, top quality dairy cows. Yes, animal care is good business. And even though calves born on our farm … Read more

Snowy Day

Finally, Snow! Snow makes it harder for us to do our jobs on the farm when it comes. Our herd’s routine is the priority, so on a snowy day like today, the cows don’t eat late, the farmers are working on the fetch list promptly at 6am, and our girls should be none-the-wiser that we’ve … Read more

Automatic Calf Feeding

The right fit for our farm Purchasing an automatic calf feeder had been on our wish list for a long time, but it wasn’t just the cost that was keeping us from making moves. Calf feeders from other companies weren’t fitting our goals for calf rearing. Hygiene was a priority and the Holm & Laue … Read more

Nurturing Your Foundation Builds Stronger Farms and Communities

I was offered the rewarding experience to write and deliver a talk for the TEDx Amherst stage. COVID may have turned this event into a virtual show, but it was a real pleasure to share my idea with my community. Grateful for the opportunity and for the sustaining foundation I am rooted in.

Barstow’s Longview Farm Virtual Tour

On Tuesday, October 13, a rainy morning, New England Dairy, a regional nonprofit, filmed a LIVE virtural tour with Denise Barstow at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, MA. The target audience for this video is students in grads 3-5 – but we think everyone will enjoy it! Check it out: Using video chat technology, students … Read more

Live Virtual Farm Tour at Barstow’s Longview Farm

Length: 30 minutes (10-10:30 a.m. Eastern) Recommended Audience: Grades 3-5 Using video chat technology, students will get a behind the scenes look into life on a New England dairy farm. Students will join dairy farmer Denise Barstow for a tour of her family’s farm and learn how dairy farmers take care of their cows from … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Thank you to the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation!

In line with our commitment to producing the highest quality milk, Barstow’s Longview Farm recently received a generous Local Farmer Award from the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation to purchase the Lely MQC-C2. The Lely MQC-C2 is an add-on piece of equipment to a Lely Robot Milker. The equipment tests milk fat, protein, milk conductivity, temperature, … Read more

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