Located in the rolling pastures of Litchfield Hills, Arethusa Farm believes in cow comfort, and maintains its purebred Jersey, Holstein and Brown Swiss cows following that mantra. Wide open barns, tunnel ventilation, stall mattresses, comfy bedding, and quality feed in front of all animals is evident. The local newspaper calls it “the Fifth Avenue of farms, the Barney’s of barns, the Saks of cow stalls.”
Birch Mill Farm in Falls Village is a small 40 cow dairy farm. Tim and Katlyn Kinsella pride themselves on making great quality milk which goes into making Cabot products along with quality hay and forages.
Tim and Katlyn have known each other since high school, where they both studied in the agricultural program and both were in 4-H.
Carlwood Farm is a small, family-run dairy farm nestled in the heart of Canaan Valley in Canaan, CT. They milk an average of 55 Holsteins and Jerseys.
They take pride in the quality of milk they produce, so earning 16 of Agri-Mark's Outstanding Milk Quality Awards, in the last 17 years, has really been a great achievement.
The future of dairy farming is diversification,” says Rachel Freund, one of four Freund children working on the family farm, home of CowPots.
Renewable energy is an important part of the farm’s sustainability. Recently they installed 500 solar panels so the farm won’t have to pay for electricity. Producing and selling quality milk is still the key to their success. They feel great pride in taking care of their cows and say that being around the animals is “very rewarding.”
We’ve been recycling on farms for a long time,” says Bob Jacquier, whose family owns and operates Laurelbrook Farm in East Canaan, CT. The farm produces organic fertilizer for sale in their community and to their neighbors who garden. See how his family runs a sustainable dairy farm operation by taking a virtual tour of Laurelbrook Farms, and learn why Bob says, “The environment is an important part of our business.”
Farmer-chocolatier Kimberly Thorn crafts her Milkhouse Chocolates by meticulously matching the milk of each cows with all-natural flavorings like farm-grown mint or raspberries. The “buttery, honey, creamy caramel” milk of Daydream, for example, is featured in a line of caramels. Viola, explains Kimberly, “is my dark chocolate cow,” whose milk has a natural acidity that stands up to flavors like roasted espresso.