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Cows & Conservation: A Special Farm Tour

November 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cows grazing at bottom of autumn hillside on Mt Holyoke

In 2014, the Barstow family worked with Kestrel and the Commonwealth to place an Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) on 123 acres of their farmland, preserving it forever. The Barstows reinvested the funds from the sale of the APR back into their 213 year-old dairy farm to secure its future. They purchased robotic milkers, a tool that improves milk production, animal health, and farm efficiency.

Visit this innovative local dairy farm in Hadley with seventh generation dairy farmer and Kestrel’s TerraCorps Community Engagement Coordinator, Denise Barstow. We will tour the farm and view the robot milkers, dairy barn, calf barn, bunker silos, and anaerobic digester—a system that converts cow manure and food waste into fertilizer, heat, and electricity for 1,600 homes. You’ll also find out how APRs contribute to habitat, sustainability, heritage, and farm viability.

This 0.5 mile walk includes some hills, uneven terrain, and mud. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get dirty. The event will take place rain or shine.

This event is free, but donations are welcome. Registration is required and space is limited!



November 16, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Barstow’s Dairy Farm
172 Hockanum Road
Hadley, MA 01035 United States
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