Real Farm Power is the Future of Farming

Cabot farmers do more than produce the fresh milk for our award-winning dairy productsThey’re industry-leading innovators who are pioneering next-century farm practices that improve care for cows, increase farm efficiency, and create renewable energy that supports their communities and makes farming more sustainable.  

 Meet some of the farms—and inspiring farmers—using Real Farm Power to move farming forward. #cabotcheese #cabotfarmers Click To Tweet

Let’s meet some of the farmsand inspiring farmersusing Real Farm Power to move farming forward.  

The Barstow Family

At Barstow’s Longview Farmnow run by the sixth and seventh generations of this farm family, sustainability is family passion and a successful business modelThe farm is home to robotic milking machines that improve cow care by making milking more comfortable, more efficientand since the cows themselves choose when to be milkedmore independent. The system also tracks each cow’s individual yield so that farmers can care even better for the health of their herd.  

For the Barstows, farming is all about community, and they love sharing their practices and chatting with neighbors in their dairy store or at their famous sweet corn stand during the summer. “I like working toward something that’s helping my family sustain this land and our community,” says Kelly Barstow.  


The Audet Family

At Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont, owners Marie and Eugene Audet believe that growth and innovation are part of what it means to be a farmer. “We don’t farm the way we did ten years ago, or even five years ago,” Marie saysWe’re changing year by year. 

That means planting cover crops that help reduce soil erosion during winter, and high-tech barns where the fan speeds are set on thermostats and the barn walls work like curtains to rise or fall based on the temperature, keeping cows comfortable and conserving energy.  

It also means renewable energy solutions that benefit the cows, the farm, and the land.  

 

Renewable energy is all about making the most of what’s around, and for a dairy farmthat means cow manure. Lots and lots of cow manureBlue Spruce Farm was the first farm in Vermont to install an anaerobic digester to extract reusable biogas from manure1. The digester looks a little bit like ain-ground swimming pool with a concrete cover. Instead of water, though, the digester is filled with 14 feet of manure. Gases collected at the top power generators that create enough energy to power over 300 homeskeeping tons of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphereManure liquids help fertilize fields, while odorless solids supplement cow bedding, saving money and preserving natural resources.  

 

According to Marie, we can’t even imagine a farm today that doesn’t have renewable energy.” Farmers are not only feeding our communities, we’re providing ecosystem benefits. 


The Hill Family

Like Blue Spruce FarmFour Hills Farm in Bristol, VT, uses a bio-digester to convert manure into electricity, which helps manage manure and provides extra income.   

To minimize their environmental impact and protect soil health, they use a “dragline” method that applies manure more evenly and consistently to reduce the risk of runoff, which is not only good for soil, but good for water systems as well. For their efforts, the farm won the Conservation Farmer of the Year award in 2015.   

For Four Hills Farm—named for the four Hill siblings who purchased the original farm from their parents—farming is a way to ensure a bright future for their familyBrian Hill’s wife Chanin says we want to make sure our kids want to come back—and that they have something promising to come back to.” 


Here at Cabot, we’re proud to work for such amazing farmers, who are helping protect the future of farming, the future of our environment, and of course, the future of delicious, world-class cheddar for generations to come.  

 

Comments (14)

Sheila DiIorio | April 22, 2019 | 7:28pm

always enjoy your newsletter but laughed out loud when the licking cow was there when I opened this one…

Barbara L. Newton-Holmes | April 22, 2019 | 10:23pm

Love to hear about these wonderful farmers and farms, see these beautiful cows! I love Cabot cheese!!

Deborah Thompson | April 24, 2019 | 4:02pm

I absolutely love the Cabot Yogurt and cheese! The best products available! And knowing that farmers love their job, and the wonderful cows, shows! Thank you for all you do!

    Rachael | April 25, 2019 | 11:20am

    Thank you so much for the kind words! Our farmer owners are so appreciative 🙂 ~Rachael

Rani von Wurttemberg | June 27, 2019 | 7:08pm

Enjoy seeing the farmers with their families, cows and pets.

Ann Vincent | June 10, 2020 | 3:14pm

I love Cabot cheese, too! And toured your the Cabot facility there once. Yum!
Thank you, caring farmers……..

DIane M. Rice | June 10, 2020 | 4:00pm

Wonderful, I love Cabot cheese so doesnt my cat he nibbles on a little but that’s the only treat he gets , I enjoy seeing I enjoy seeing you farmers on face book it’s great to see we’re the food we eat is coming from . Plus I saw what your farmers gave. During this time of the virus 19 thank you for your kindness …

    Rachael | June 16, 2020 | 1:10pm

    We are delighted that you and your cat both enjoy our cheeses Diane! Our farmers really do appreciate your support 🙂 ~Rachael

Sharon | June 10, 2020 | 11:42pm

Living in Oregon and having visited Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine only once, I love seeing photos of the Cabot farmers and the beautiful countryside. Thank you for sharing. By the way Cabot Serious Sharp is our favorite cheese for two reasons–one, it is the best Sharp cheddar cheese we have ever eaten and two, it is lactose free. Hubby found out in Oct., 2019 that he was lactose intolerant and was so sad as he thought he would have to give up his Cabot Seriously Sharp until we saw a new package at the store with the “lactose free” banner. Only wish it was easier to find here in the Pacific Northwest.

    Rachael | June 16, 2020 | 1:09pm

    Thanks for your kind works Sharon! So glad that your husband can still enjoy our cheddars! We appreciate your support of our farm family owners 🙂 ~Rachael

Susan | June 11, 2020 | 3:45am

Yay for you, so beneficial to our world! I love Cabot products for their purity (and taste, of course!) and have used them for years.

    Rachael | June 16, 2020 | 1:08pm

    Thank for Susan – our farmers appreciate your support! ~Rachael

Lin Chaple | June 15, 2020 | 12:38pm

All these stories give me hope! Kudos to the families for their innovation and forward-thinking. Love Cabot yogurt! Also hoping someday you can also find some alternative packaging that’s not petroleum-based plastic.

    Rachael | June 16, 2020 | 1:06pm

    We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed the piece Lin (and our yogurt!) our farmers are grateful. We will send your packaging feedback along to our packaging team internally. We appreciate your feedback! ~Rachael

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