Longview Farm has been in the Barstow family since 1806 and the sixth and seventh generations now in charge are doing everything they can to continue this long run far into the future. Brothers David and Steven and his children, Steven II (who is now a partner), along with Kelly and Shannon, all work together on the farm and at the on-site Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery. “I really like working toward something that’s helping my family sustain this land and our community,” Kelly says.
With diversified revenue streams, robotic milking machines and an anaerobic digester the produces enough power to supply electricity to 250 homes, the family is simultaneously building a sustainable farm and a sustainable business. From prize-winning pie recipes, to chili made with the farm’s own beef, to their popular sweet corn stand, Barstow’s is a destination for good eats as well as tours of their operation. The farm draws everyone from local grade-schoolers to veterinary students and the Barstows really enjoy sharing their approach with all.