Longview Farm has been in the Barstow family since 1806, and from the looks of things, it will be around for generations to come. Sixth generation brothers Steven and David and seventh generation Steven II are partners. Kelly and Shannon run Barstow's Dairy Store and Bakery, and all of the Barstows pitch in to make it work. On a farm of some 400 acres and 475 cattle, there's plenty to do. The Barstow's have recently installed robotic milkers and also the BGreen Anaerobic Digester, ensuring a long and sustainable future for the dairy farm.
Says Steven Barstow: "You're your own boss, you work for yourself, and you get to look at the farm and the cattle and you know you've accomplished something. That makes it all worthwhile." And with dairy farming so turbulent, the Barstows decided to open a retail stand on their farm. They sell local milk, local produce, baked goods, various other products, and, of course, Cabot cheese. Each month things are getting a little better with the stand, and they hope it will help even things out during downturns in the industry. The Barstows are also welcoming hosts. Their farm is open to all comers, and students from the veterinary department at the University of Massachusetts are frequent visitors. They also show their spread to students at the local agricultural high school and to passers-by that just want to take a look. "The point is," says Steven, "you help the local community and they help you. It's all part of being a good neighbor."
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Visit Us: Barstow's Longview Farm
Location: Hadley, MA
Animals: 475 cows
Family Members: Steven, David, Steven II, Kelly, Shannon, Denise, and family
Green Pasture Award Winner
Open Farm Sunday