“Treat the cows with patience and respect because they pay for everything.” – A sign that hangs in the cow barn at Barstow’s Longview Farm.
Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, MA is a sixth and seventh generation dairy farm that’s been in operation since 1806.
Through the centuries, the farm’s motto has been “Looking Forward Since 1806”, a phrase that helps make decisions on a day to day basis and continue to innovate. In 2008, to further diversify, the family opened Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery.
In 2013, an anaerobic digester was installed. This technology captures the methane from food waste and cow manure. The system provides renewable electricity to 1,600 local homes, heats the family farmhouses, diverts food waste from landfills, reduces farm odor, minimizes chemical fertilizer use, improves soil health and crop yields, and reduces our carbon hoof-print by 85%.
The farm also transitioned to robotic milkers in 2014. Their commitment to their community, land, animals, and planet continues – as always – forward.