Building a Stronger Community On and Off the Farm

Kestrel Land Trust | Blog Denise Barstow just completed her year-long service year as Kestrel’s Community Engagement and Regional Conservation Coordinator through the TerraCorps AmeriCorps program. She also works at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, owned by her family for 7 generations. In 2014, when my dad and uncle called a family meeting to discuss … Read more

VIRTUAL Pasture Day 2020 (Date TBD)

Due to the ongoing health emergency, the Barstow family has decided to postpone Pasture Day and make it a virtual event. Pasture Day is one of our most popular events, and we suspect that even with social distancing guidelines in play, the advanced announcement of a rescheduled event will inevitably contribute to gathering. In an … Read more

EVENT FULL Cows & Conservation

*Please note that this event is currently full but you may register for the wait-list on Kestrel Land Trust’s page. Registration is required for this event. Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery will not be processing registration or wait-list requests.* In 2014, the Barstow family worked with Kestrel and the Commonwealth to place an Agricultural Preservation … Read more

Gratitude Journal: Open Farm Sunday

On a chilly October Sunday, we hitched up the tour wagon, placed out some bakery samples alongside the Cabot cheese, and unlocked the gates, while tunes of vintage country bluegrass carried on the breeze. On October 6th, the Barstow family, and 22 other farm families, celebrated Open Farm Sunday in honor of Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s … Read more

Hockanum Day 2019

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

Dairy Crawl – A passport to promote dairy farmers & farms

Country Folks Magazine | July 31, 2019 By Laura Rodley During June six farms in Western Massachusetts created a way for customers and the public to be more involved in their farms and to increase business. They created a postcard-like passport that could be stamped at each business. After all the businesses had been visited, … Read more

Burger Fest 2019

*** Due to the EXTREME heat, Burger Fest will be wrapping up by 5pm today. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay safe, stay cool! *** Burger Fest is the biggest event on the farm! Burger Fest is one of the few days that we sell our Barstow’s Farm Raised Beef burgers made to order. We will be grilling … Read more

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