Barstow’s Longview Farm Honored by US Dairy
by Leon Thompson Vermont Correspondent, Updated Jun 17, 2016 Lancaster Farming
HADLEY, Mass. — A Massachusetts farm family is sharing a major award with Cabot Creamery Cooperative for taking a closed-loop approach to recycling cow manure and food scraps.
During a May ceremony in Chicago, representatives from Cabot and Barstow’s Longview Farm shared the honors for Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability, given by The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy at its fifth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.
The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose sustainable practices have a positive impact on consumers, farm animals and the environment.
Cabot was selected for its Real Farm Power program, the latest in a series of sustainability projects pioneered by the 1,200 farm member Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative, owner of Cabot.
Real Farm Power recycles cow manure, food scraps and food processing byproducts to produce renewable energy at Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Mass.
“On behalf of the whole Barstow family, we are honored to be a part of this achievement,” said Kelly Barstow, co-manager of the on-farm dairy store and bakery at Barstow’s.
Barstow’s Longview Farm was established in 1806, first as a sawmill that produced barrels. The family always had cows and eventually added crops, such as asparagus and tobacco. When the farm became a dairy, the Barstows grew crops only to feed their herd.
The farm is still a family-run farm and business. A store and bakery opened in 2008 and employs about a dozen people.
In 2013, the Barstows installed a methane digester, which allowed them to produce electricity at the farm. A year later, they added four robotic milkers and are adding a fifth this year. Next year, they will install a robotic calf feeding system, Kelly Barstow said.
“‘Looking Forward Since 1806’ is our mission statement,” she said. “We believe that it’s important to continue moving forward with the latest technologies to help with dairy sustainability practices.”