The fifth-generation Foster Brothers Farm has a legacy of operating at the forefront of sustainability in dairy agriculture.
They are pioneers in on-farm energy and installed their anaerobic digester, which generates electricity from cow manure, in 1982 – literally decades before the recent interest in on-farm energy. In 1992, they created Vermont Natural Ag Products to turn their waste stream into marketable products such as compost sold under the Moo Doo™ brand.
Bob Foster serves on the board of Agri-Mark, is the president of the Composting Association of Vermont, sits on the Sustainability Council of Dairy Management, Inc., the national trade organization of the dairy industry, and is featured in the video “25x’25: Mission Achievable” of the national agriculture energy organization 25 x ’25, in which he is very active. In addition, The Foster Brothers Farm is featured in a publication by Dairy Management Inc., which features success stories of sustainable dairy businesses. View the reports below to learn more.