How Dairy Farmers Are Turning Manure Into Money

Smithsonian Magazine, April/May 2023 These New Englanders have found a way to help the planet and convert more than 9,000 tons of cow waste annually into electricity Dairy farms like this one run by the Barstow family in Hadley, Massachusetts, make smart use of a substance cows produce in abundance. David Degner By Rachael Moeller Gorman Photographs … Read more

Seventh Generation Entrepreneurs Fighting Climate Change With Robots And A Giant Mechanical Stomach

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon, Contributor Forbes Working in the start-up community for a while, I have become irritated with all the psychopathic man-children founders sporting carefully cultivated “brilliant entrepreneur” personas (Exhibits A, B, and C: Sam Bankman-Fried, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk). How refreshing I found it to speak with Denise Barstow Manz, the engaging scion of … Read more

How one Mass. farm is transforming waste into energy

By Hannah Nguyen Globe Correspondent, Updated February 19, 2023 The Boston Globe A digester at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley takes methane from cow manure and food waste and turns it into enough electricity to power 1,600 homes. Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley is working to help businesses by taking their food waste and turning … Read more

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

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

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

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

Videos Highlight Massachusetts Farmers’ Commitment to Soil Health

Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation February 14, 2022 A series of videos showcases the various ways farmers in Massachusetts are supporting soil health and sustainability. The videos feature produce and other crop growers, a dairy farmer and a researcher from the University of Massachusetts who works with the state’s farmers. Along with a 27-minute video, the … Read more

Dairy Takes a Leadership Role in Impacting Climate Change as Stonyfield Organic and Cabot Creamery Cooperative Join the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance

Business Wire November 4, 2021 BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stonyfield Organic and Cabot are joining forces alongside the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance (FPSA) and Dairy Farmers of America to place dairy as a leader in forging a circular pathway to decarbonization and climate change mitigation. The Alliance, founded in 2020 by Vanguard Renewables, Unilever, Starbucks, and Dairy Farmers … Read more

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