Barstow’s Longview Farm

Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts is a seventh-generation family farm, founded in the early 1800s. The farm is a member of the the Cabot Creamery/Agri-Mark Cooperative. To sustain the farm for future generations, the Barstow family pursued an opportunity to house one of the first anaerobic digesters in New England on the farm.

US Diary Sustainablity Award
Cabot Creamery Cooperative awarded US Dairy Sustainability Award for organics waste recycling and renewable energy partnership with Barstow’s Longview Farm and Vanguard Renewables
 
Seven generations of the Barstow family work on the farm: left to right: Steven Barstow, Kelly Barstow, Shannon Barstow, Marjorie Barstow (93 years old), Steven Barstow II, Denise Barstow, and David Barstow

The Barstow family: left to right: Steven Barstow, Kelly Barstow, Shannon Barstow, Marjorie Barstow, Steven Barstow II, Denise Barstow, and David Barstow

The Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered anaerobic digester partnership with Barstow’s Longview Farm began in 2013. With the expansion of the anaerobic digester project in 2016, it is one of the largest and most modern anaerobic digestion systems in New England. The farm receives more than 20,000 tons of food waste annually from food processors, supermarkets, and food service operations such as Cabot Creamery/Agri-Mark Cooperative, Geissler’s Supermarkets, HP Hood, Cains, and Garelick. The food waste is combined with more than 9000 tons of manure a year from the farm in a 600,000-gallon digestion tank. Manure and food waste are mixed and microorganisms convert sugars, fats, and other compounds into biogas annually producing more than 7,000 MWh of renewable energy and 30,000 tons of reduced-odor, organic liquid fertilizer.

Annually, more than 14,000 tons of food waste from feedstock suppliers is combined with manure from the farm.

Annually, more than 20,000 tons of food waste from feedstock suppliers is combined with manure from the farm.

Barstow’s Longview Farm now has the ability to produce its own energy to power the farm and hot water to heat farm buildings and family homes. The farm also benefits by retaining the fertile digestate remaining from the process to use as liquid, organic fertilizer. This reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and increases crop yields.

Longview Farm produces 15,000 lbs. of milk daily

Longview Farm produces 15,000 lbs. of milk daily