Barstow Family Revolutionizes Recycled Food Waste

Longview Farm has been part of the Barstow family since 1806. As part of the sixth and seventh generation, brothers David and Steven, and his children, all work together to sustain the land and feed their community with all natural dairy products.

Food waste is a continuing concern, and grocery stores are responsible for 10% of food waste in the U.S. Barstow’s Longview Farm and its dairy cooperative, Cabot Creamery, partnered with a Connecticut grocery store to convert their food waste to energy to make real butter.

Employees at the grocery store collect food scraps into bins, where it is ground into a mixture. The food waste is delivered to Barstow’s Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts. There, the organic material is blended with the farm’s manure and byproducts in an anaerobic digester. This digester produces enough renewable energy per year to power over 250 homes, or to power the equipment to make a lot of butter! The energy produced by the digester is sent in the form of energy credits to Cabot Creamery Cooperative in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and offsets all the energy needed to make Cabot butter.

This system, called Real Farm Power, earned the Barstow’s Farm and Cabot Creamery the 2016 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award, recognizing outstanding dairy farms, businesses and partnerships. This collaboration is a revolutionary step in recycling and re-using food waste in the U.S. to make a strong impact on the environment and its resources.