East meets west: State officials get first-hand account of the struggles Valley farmers face

By AIDAN POOLE For the Gazette September 19, 2021 HADLEY — State lawmakers toured four farms in Hampshire and Franklin counties on Friday to better understand the challenges facing farming communities in western Massachusetts. The tour included stops at Simple Gifts Farm in Amherst and Reed Farm in Sunderland, as well as Barstow’s Dairy Store … Read more

Massachusetts lawmakers tour Pioneer Valley farms as agriculture bill awaits hearings

MassLive By Jim Kinney | jkinney@repub.com September 17, 2021 HADLEY — Denise Barstow, a seventh-generation farmer, enlivened a tour Friday for state lawmakers, their staff, and advocates for the network of farms and retailers that make up the local food system by answering a question children typically ask. “What does a cow say?” Barstow, the … Read more

Connecting Point: Barstow’s Longview Farm Carries on 215-Year Dairy Farming Tradition

Connecting Point NEPM July 9, 2021 New England is home to over 1,000 dairy farms, and you can find them throughout the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, and southern Vermont.   National Dairy Month, a campaign that happens every June, was initially created in 1937 to promote drinking milk and has now developed into an annual tradition that … 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

Pasture Day 2021

Today is Pasture Day! Surprise! This fairly last minute decision is consciously made to limit gathering and sustain our commitment to our community’s health and safety. In 2019, our Pasture Day event gathered well over 250 people. And while relaxed restrictions are here or on the horizon, we are not yet ready for this to … Read more

National Agriculture Day

March 23 is National Agriculture Day. Here at Barstow’s Longview Farm, every day is Ag Day. Agriculture isn’t only our livelihood, it is a way of life. Today we invite you to consider how agriculture impacts your life. Farmers raise fruits, veggies, livestock, trees, and seafood.

Gratitude Journal: National Frozen Food Month

March is National Frozen Food Month We’ve been steadily expanding our frozen prepared food offerings over the last several years, but especially since March of last year. And while folks were getting tired of doing their own cooking, we were grateful to offer easy, comfortable, pre-prepared meals for dinner in such uncertain times. Even today … 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

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