I’m so excited to inform you in regards to the sponsored Stonyfield Farm Tour I went on a few weeks in the past! We’re large followers of Stonyfield’s natural plain yogurts, and I’ve to inform you how cool it was to eat their yogurt for breakfast after which, on the exact same day, see precisely the way it started at one in every of their farms. Speak about realizing the place your meals comes from!
How Stonyfield Began
Whereas on this journey, we received to spend a while with the co-founder, Gary Hirshberg, and it was fascinating to listen to how Stonyfield initially began as an natural farming faculty—I had no concept!
After they have been low on funding and making an attempt to determine their subsequent step, they have been sitting round consuming some yogurt they’d constituted of their milk after they had a superb concept. 🙂 Quickly after, as their yogurt business started to take off, they began to appreciate that they have been having a fair greater influence on natural farming by serving to farmers convert to natural and offering a necessity for his or her milk (to make the yogurt). This was a a lot greater influence than simply making an attempt to show farmers to make the change on their very own.
There are such a lot of different (each surprising + inspiring) issues I noticed and discovered whereas on this journey in stunning Vermont….
What I Noticed and Discovered
- Blissful and wholesome cows who’re taken care of by households who actually care.
These cows are their livelihood…they’ve names, they get liked on, they’ve moods that their house owners perceive, and so they have entry to go exterior each single day. I received my first tour by the farmers’ 11-year-old son, and I used to be blown away by his data and understanding of their enterprise. Day by day after faculty, he has a listing of chores he fortunately tends to, and he loves working with the animals. It received me pondering that once I get again house, I must assign my very own youngsters some extra duties round the home, or yard, or one thing!
- Two kick-butt ladies farmers.
These women (who work in partnership with their husbands) are so educated and keen about natural farming it was exhausting to depart there not impressed. It’s actually superb how a lot goes into their enterprise and the way devoted they’re to their work.
- A tremendous partnership between these households and Stonyfield.
Only for the report, regardless that this publish is sponsored, I can say no matter I wish to say. And this superb partnership is strictly what I witnessed first hand. The co-founder, Gary Hirshberg, was there with us and he is aware of the youngsters’ names, he understands the household heritage, he confused how essential these farmers are to him and Stonyfield. Extra so, as an organization, they supplied an unbelievable quantity of assets to assist households transition from typical to natural dairy farms (it takes three years to transition the land and one 12 months to transition the cows) to create the partnerships they’ve right this moment. Please perceive once I inform you Stonyfield is the REAL DEAL!
- A “robotic” that milks cows!
Any techie on the market will love this. The primary household we visited with younger youngsters invested in a robotic to assist milk their cows to allow them to have the pliability to go to their youngsters’ sports activities video games and different commitments. Any busy household can perceive this balancing act! The cows line up after they know they’re prepared (mothers who’ve ever nursed a child can relate, I’m certain), they enter the stall, after which the machine sterilizes and hooks proper as much as their udders. The accompanying laptop data which tagged cows have been milked and what number of gallons they produced. It was superb to see this expertise!
- How scary farming may be (as a livelihood)
One purpose dairy farmers have an curiosity in switching from typical to natural is that the “pay worth” for typical milk is unpredictable and really dropped about 5 years in the past (and has stayed down ever since). Many of those typical farmers don’t even know what they’re getting paid till the test arrives within the mail a month after they ship their milk. Sadly, the present pay worth isn’t even sufficient to cowl their prices! Seeing the faces and households behind the 2 farms on my tour made me understand how exhausting it might be for them to surrender the land and enterprise which were of their household for generations. To not point out, what different job on the market doesn’t inform you what you’re getting paid till the work is already carried out??
And, bonus, I received to satisfy and spend time with some nice bloggers (IRL)! One specifically, Andie Mitchell, that I had linked with on-line fairly a couple of years in the past, even visitor posted here on the blog, so it was tremendous enjoyable to satisfy in individual!
Natural vs Standard: three Myths Busted
- FALSE: The upper yield of typical crops is healthier for our planet than natural farming (that may’t feed as many individuals).
The yield hole is getting smaller yearly. Nationally, not practically as a lot effort/funds have been put into bettering yields for natural farming in comparison with typical. Even so, they’ve made nice strides and are at the moment right down to a few 15% yield hole. To not point out, the elevated manufacturing in typical doesn’t outweigh the detrimental influence on the environment from all of the undesirable chemical compounds they use.
- FALSE: Natural crops are sprayed with pesticides similar to typical produce.
The “pesticides” used on natural vegetation are ALL NATURAL. Solely 19 or 20 are allowed and, not solely are they from fully pure sources, however they’re totally vetted. They’re nothing just like the artificial counterparts utilized in typical farming.
- FALSE: Standard dairy cows are exterior simply as a lot because the natural ones.
Solely about 18% of typical dairy cows even go exterior (yikes!) whereas natural dairy cows have entry to go exterior each single day.
Keep tuned as a result of tomorrow I’ll be sharing a yummy grilled rooster recipe that I marinated in Stonyfield yogurt (together with another flavors). The yogurt actually tenderizes the rooster so be looking out for these particulars tomorrow! I hope you loved listening to in regards to the farm go to.
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