“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” ― Wendell Berry

 

As farmers we take our role as "Stewards of the Land" very seriously.  Operating a farm of our size clearly requires a lot of give and take with the environment.  Over the years, we have implemented a variety of measures to reduce our environmental impact.  We were awarded 2011 Cooperator of the Year by the Cecil Soil Conservation District in recognition of our efforts.  Click here for more information about the award and our conservation efforts.

 

Cow Care

We use recycled wash water to clear the alleys.

We use cloth towels to prep the cows before milking.  These towels are washed and reused.

Sand is used for bedding and is recycled.

 

On the land

We plant cover crops (i.e. barley, wheat and tritical) to help reduce the nitrogen in the soil.

 

Basin Run traverses our property and we have constructed fences to keep the cows from entering this stream.  We also planted a riparian buffer to reduce the stream temperature and enable the native brown trout to reproduce naturally.  Both of these measures helped Basin Run be classified as a Tier Two Stream by MDE.

 

In the processing facility

The glass bottles we use for our milk are washed, sanitized and reused.

 

Turning Manure Into Power

In 2009, we constructed a methane digester to generate power from our cow waste.  We use the methane to generate electricity for our milk processing facility.