Goodrich Farm: A Definition of Sustainability

Keys to succcess include being good stewards of resources and dollars

Most dairy producers remember 2009 — and siblings Chase and Danielle Goodrich are no exceptions. It was the year the duo transitioned into leadership roles for their family’s third-generation farm in Salisbury, Vermont. The pair realized challenges were on the horizon, but they also understood being good stewards of their resources and pocketbook were the keys to success.

Following in the footsteps of the previous generations, the duo’s drive to outline the farm’s sustainability pillars of environment, economics and society underscores why they were recently recognized as one of the U.S. Dairy 2021 Sustainability Winners.

“Chase and Danielle Goodrich are prime examples of young dairy farmers setting their business on a successful trajectory. Diversifying their farm while further protecting Vermont’s soils and waters is the innovative thinking dairy farmers are known for,” explains Michael DeAngelis, vice president of integrated marketing and communications for New England Dairy. “Their perseverance to see [their anaerobic digester project] come to life is why Goodrich Farm is most deserving of an Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. The anaerobic digester has been a long time coming and will serve Vermont, Goodrich Farm and its project partners for years to come.”

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