Cows & Conservation: An Innovative Farm Tour

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, … Read more

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: Travelling More Deeply

Backyard Tourist The summer of canceled vacations and postponed plans has officially (dare we say, finally) come to an end. Reflecting on backyard Barstow burgers with local sweet corn, hours in the pool, milkshakes on the porch at Barstow’s, campfires in the pasture, hey, maybe this summer wasn’t so bad after all? Here at Barstow’s … Read more

Tour the Barstow’s Dairy Farm & Robot Milkers

Join Kestrel Land Trust for a mini-tour of Barstow’s Dairy Farm with Denise Barstow to learn how they care for their cows and for the land. The latest in our “Learning with the Land” series!

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

WTCC 90.7 #FarmLove Interview

Happy Valentines Day! The focus was #FarmLove for this interview on WTCC Springfield 90.7FM radio on Wednesday, February 12. Interview with Denise Barstow starts at ~2:17:00 Listen Here.

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