Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery Cooperative
All of the electricity needed to churn Cabot butter at the Agri-mark/Cabot West Springfield, Massachusetts plant is Farm Powered by the Vanguard Renewables anaerobic digester at cooperative member Barstow’s Longview Farm through a net metering agreement/renewable energy credits (RECs). The 1200 member dairy farm cooperative also sends waste from the butter plant to the Barstow’s digester, which is combined with other food waste and manure to generate electricity. It is an exemplary example of the Farm Powered Organics to Energy Lifecycle in action.
The Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered program meets both Cabot’s key retailers and state government goals for organic diversion from landfills. The management of the nutrients on Barstow’s Longview Farm meets or exceeds the standards set by the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) of the United States Department of Agriculture.
About the Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery Cooperative
1200 multigenerational dairy farm families throughout New England and New York own the Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery Cooperative. The coop manages four plants in three states, employing over 1,000 people including the premium butter plant in West Springfield, Massachusetts and award-winning cheese plants in Cabot and Middlebury, Vermont and Chateaugay, New York. The scope of Agri-Mark/Cabot sustainability work is very broad – literally from farm-to-fork.