• Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk
  • Dairy Donations: Finding a Home for Excess Milk

    The Vermont Milk Commission recently released a report of recommendations for advancing supply management in the dairy industry. True supply management is a complicated task that stems from a simple goal: stop creating too much milk. But while we have too much milk in the system overall, we have not enough milk going to some households that want it. Foodbanks on average distribute one gallon of milk to each household every year - even though demand is high. How does our "extra" milk get to consumers who want it but can't afford it?  

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Beth Whiting

Beth Whiting

Beth Whiting farms with her husband Bruce Hennessey on Maple Wind Farm.

Farmers' Kitchen—Grass=Solar Energy=Good Meat

Beth Whiting | August 20, 2013 | Fall '13 | Issue twenty-six

Bruce

My husband, Bruce Hennessey, and I moved to an end-of-the-road, hilltop farm in Huntington in 1999 for a “close-to-the-mountains” farming opportunity. The hilltop nature of our 136 acres made it challenging for growing crops or making hay (steep, too many rocks, some wet areas), so grazing livestock seemed like the answer to keeping the pastures open, fertilized, and healthy.

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