Cabot farmers are deeply connected to the land they work each day, the land that feeds their cows, feeds their families, and helps make the world’s finest dairy products. Nurturing healthy soil is not only a farmer’s passion, it’s the legacy she/he leaves behind for the next generation of Cabot farmers who will inherit the land and continue on the proud tradition of dairy farming.Our award-winning dairy products start with the rich soil on Cabot farms. From no-till planting to cover crops, learn how our farmers are innovating so that their soil stays healthy for generations #cabotcheese Click To Tweet
From the beginning, Cabot farmers have been forward-thinking stewards of the land, constantly trying new techniques and embracing new methods to ensure they leave the soil rich and healthy. Today’s farmers are no exception, and we’re excited to introduce three Cabot farms that are deeply invested in soil health and nurturing the land for generations to come.
Let’s meet them:
Fairmont Farm in East Montpelier, VT protects their soil by tilling it less. They began the transition in 2008 and now plant all their crops using a no-till system. Not tilling the soil every year helps retain moisture, reduce erosion, and keep the soil healthier by keeping more natural nutrients in place. “Farmers are constantly using research, science, and technology to be the most sustainable they can be,” says next-generation Fairmont farmer Clara Ayer. “I love knowing that when we care for our land, we can create high quality forages for our cows as well as preserve the land for future generations.”
Widely recognized for their next-century farm innovations, including an anaerobic digester that converts cow manure into reusable electricity, the Audet family of Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont, is proud to be pointing the way toward farming’s future. To ensure their soil health and make the most of their crop yield, the Audet’s have been experimenting with manure injection, a new fertilizing method that uses a special machine to inject manure just below the soil surface rather than spraying it on top. The Audet’s nutrient-rich manure comes from their own digester, and injection keeps more of the manure in the soil so it won’t be washed off as easily by rain.
Marie Audet says that, “as knowledge evolves, as the climate changes, we’re adopting practices that will ensure that we have clean water and that we’re maintaining our soil health, so we’re not only feeding our communities, but we’re providing ecosystem benefits.”
Mapleview Dairy in Madrid, NY is looking out for their soil through cover cropping methods. When fields lay uncovered and go dormant during the fall and winter, the soil is more exposed to the elements and can be damaged and erode more quickly, which can compromise long-term soil health.
Cover crops can also help disrupt pest cycles and provide rich nutrients for the next crop cycle, which can make the growing season more productive, and make the soil more resilient for the long term—and for the next generation of farmers.