Two GLOW-region dairy farms are featured in “This American Dairy Farmer,” a digital series produced by the American Dairy Association North East that highlights family, traditional and sustainable food production on dairy farms.
This month, Har-Go Farms, an organic farm in Pavilion was featured. Previously, Noblehurst Farms in Linwood with an episode called “Waste to Watts” that featured the farms efforts to turn food waste in to energy (an episode you may wish to watch in recognition of National Recycling Day, which is Monday).
Every gallon has a story, the Dairy Association said, and “This American Dairy Farmer” offers a behind-the-scenes look at dairy farms and the families who operate them, while helping viewers make a personal connection with those who produce their food.
The episode, titled “Couple Cares for Cows and Community,” debuted Nov. 2 on AmericanDairy.com and features Steve and Jill Gould, a young farming couple focused on the future of agriculture. Not only do Goulds “ag-vocate” for dairy farming, they spend much of their spare time working toward revitalizing the rural areas near Har-Go Farms, their organic dairy farm on South Street Road in Pavilion.
“I think we have something to share that people don’t see every day,” said Steve Gould. “We want to share how we grew up, share what we do here on the farm, and share what it is like to live in our area.”
“This American Dairy Farmer,” which is in its second season, will visit a total of 12 dairy farms this season, including six in New York State.
“These are the stories we want to tell,” says Audrey Donahoe, president of the American Dairy Association North East and dairy farmer from Clayville, Oneida County. “Producing milk has a much smaller carbon footprint today because of the environmental and sustainable practices used on dairy farms.”
The season launched Oct. 12, or National Farmer’s Day, with an episode featuring Noblehurst Farms and called “Waste to Watts,” which highlighted the efforts of legacy farmers John and Chris Noble to turn manure and food waste into electricity – enough to power the farm and 300 nearby homes.
The Nobles’ hearts and minds are firmly planted in care for the land and their livestock.
“We try as best as we can to be good stewards of the land and we will continue to press the envelope trying to be innovative,” said John Noble. “The next generation is very in tune with sustainable systems and recycling as much as they can. We want to make this business sustainable and vibrant. And it’s our responsibility to protect our land for the next generation.”
New episodes of “This American Dairy Farmer” will air every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays on AmericanDairy.com through Nov. 23.