When you buy real dairy, you’re choosing local foods that are good for you and your family, good for the planet, and good for the community.
MA dairy farmers have teamed up with Garelick Farms to share the stories of local dairy farm families. MA dairy farmers and Garelick Farms are committed to producing sustainable foods that nourish people, strengthen communities, and foster a sustainable future. Learn more about dairy’s role in a sustainable food system below.
*The nutritional claims found on this website are provided by New England Dairy regarding dairy generally. These claims have not been substantiated for Garelick Farms branded products.
Enjoy a tour of the only state park in the U.S. with a working dairy farm. Tamma Duffy and her family own Great Brook Farm at Great Brook State Park in Carlisle, MA. The farm is home to state of the art technology and a seasonal ice cream stand. They also sell compost and have a cranberry bog. Tamma explains the importance of local food.
Climate change has challenged our society to adopt practices and technologies to cut fossil fuels, reduce emissions, and live more sustainably. MA dairy farmer Denise Barstow Manz shares how and why dairy farms can be a part of the climate solution.Learn More
More than 80% of Whittier Farm's electrical usage is off-set by solar energy. In the summer, they increase the productivity of the solar array by trellising tomatoes on the fencing that surrounds the solar field. Watch the full video to learn about more sustainability practices at Whittier Farms.
Dairy farms like Fletcher Farm grow cover crops after their main crop is harvested to build healthy soils and to protect waterways. This is just one example of what this farm and other local dairy farmers are doing to care for the planet. Watch the full video to learn about other practices at Fletcher Farm.
Their cows are ultimate recyclers. The farm receives spent brewers' grain from a nearby brewery in Worcester. Cows are able to consume and upcycle this byproduct because they are ruminants. It’s not just brewers’ grain, from cranberry pulp to bakery leftovers, cows on local dairy farms consume many byproducts inedible to humans, avoiding landfills or incineration. In return, they produce milk, a high-quality source of nutrition that nourishes our communities.
This farm is home to 300 cows and an anaerobic digester that turns cow manure and local food waste into renewable energy. The digester produces sustainable electricity that powers the dairy farm and provides additional energy back to the nearby community. This is one way that local dairy farmers responsibly manage manure and treat it as a valuable resource that is recycled. Learn more about Bar-Way farm and how they turn cow poop into cow power.Learn More
Situated across from their town’s water supply, Jordan Dairy Farms is committed to sustainability. Their anaerobic digester converts methane from cow manure and food waste into electricity that powers the farm and nearby homes. They utilize no-till and soil aeration in their fields to increase liquid retention, so manure is soaked into the soil instead of running off into their local pond. Watch the video to see more about their on farm practices and how they protect the land for their community.
This local dairy farm owns and operates an anaerobic digester that takes manure and turns it into recycled byproducts such as electricity, fertilizer, and bedding for cows. This is just one of the many practices Pine Island Farm and other dairy farmers in our region take to protect the planet. Holly and her family take pride in taking care of the land and their cows while supporting their community. Watch the video to see more about their on farm practices.
Repurpose your plastic milk jugs and cardboard milk cartons with this spring craft that kids will love!Find more fun activities
This April and May we are setting up our Mobile Dairy Bar at three Stop & Shop locations in Massachusetts. Find us at the below locations from 10AM-2PM to meet a local dairy farmer and try our delicious milk samples!
4/29 in Greenfield, MA (89 French King Highway)
5/6 in Mashpee, MA (39 Nathan Ellis Highway)
5/19 in Stoughton, MA (278 Washington Street)
Massachusetts dairy farmers and milk processors are committed to providing you and your family with fresh, high-quality dairy products. This commitment to quality starts on the farm with top-notch animal care and extends across the supply chain, from the milk tanker trucks to the processing plant to the grocery store.
The U.S. dairy community is committed to continuous improvement, which is why they established 2050 environmental sustainability goals. Learn more about the goals.
This project is funded by Massachusetts dairy farmers.
Garelick family farmers have always been focused on taking care of the planet and are always exploring farming practices and sustainability initiatives to be part of the solution to climate change. Although times have changed our passion remains the same. Farm from the heart. Put families first. And always take care of your community. Meet our farmers.