Foster Brothers Farm

Middlebury, VT
1,600 acres
360 milking cows

Pioneering diversity

Bob Foster has been on the leading edge of dairy diversification since the early 1980s. He coined the term “Cow Power” when he saw the opportunity to source clean-burning, environmentally safe, abundant energy from right under his feet…so-to-speak. The Fosters were among the first to install an anaerobic digester on their dairy farm, which allows them to meet their electricity needs through generators powered by methane gas released from treated cow manure. Any excess is sold to a local utility. The family has also built one of the largest manure-based compost companies, producing and marketing Moo Doo, which is sold around the Northeast. 

Bob Foster, a pioneer in dairy farm diversity, and his wife, Nancy.
Foster Brothers started Moo Doo®, recycling cow manure into rich, naturally fertilizing compost.
Working with family is important.
Nature is majestic and it is all around us and in everything that we as farmers do.
- Bob Foster

Risks and rewards

“Farming uses lots of science, natural resources, animals, and people to continually make improvements in how we interact with our environment,” Bob continues. “It sounds grandiose, but really that is what farming is all about. People should also realize there are a lot of challenges and risks along the way. You cannot control all of them, but it’s a very rewarding way of life and an important aspect of our society.”

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