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. Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts contracts with Vanguard Renewables to manage its … 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

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

Hadley farm pioneering environmental health efforts

Nov. 16, 2021 |  Trent Levakis | The Reminder HADLEY – Barstow’s Longview Farm has been a part of a team leading the charge in decarbonization efforts. Through a new project in collaboration with Vanguard Renewables and Cabot Creamery they are utilizing environmental resources to eliminate food waste and improve food sustainability as a whole. 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

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

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.

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

Gratitude Journal: The Rainbow Scarab Beetle

Barstow’s Longview Farm recently received an email from an entomologist looking to traipse around the cow pasture in search of a rare beetle. “Sure!” we replied back. So he scheduled a time to visit, and ordered four pies from Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery for pick up that same day.  The subject of the visit? … Read more

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