Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamery Cooperative
The scope of Cabot Creamery Co-operative’s sustainability work is literally from farm-to-fork and in 2019 Cabot is celebrating 100 years of commitment to quality. All of the milk from Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts (and many others) is sent to Cabot’s West Springfield Creamery Plant to produce butter and other specialty dairy products. The manure produced at Barstow’s Farm is combined with Cabot’s food waste from the West Springfield plant in a Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester to produce Renewable Natural Gas. That gas is used to generate all of the electricity needed to churn Cabot butter at the Agri-mark/Cabot West Springfield, Massachusetts plant. This is an outstanding 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
The Agri-mark/Cabot Creamery Cooperative includes 1200 multigenerational dairy farm families throughout New England and New York. 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.