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Pledge Your Support for Northeast Organic Family Farms

In August 2021, 89 organic family dairy farms across eastern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine were suddenly and unexpectedly notified that their contracts with Horizon Organic would not be renewed after the next year. Subsequently Maple Hill Creamery announced the cancellation of contracts for an additional 46 farms. Unless these farms (which in many cases have existed for generations) find alternate outlets, they will face dire financial futures, including closure for many. The only long-term solution for these farmers, and all of the region’s organic family farmers, is to encourage grocers, food co-ops, restaurants, and foodservice venues to commit to increasing their purchases from the brands who get their milk from these farms. In the case of the 135 at-risk farm families, quick action is needed to save their farms.

Our Region’s Organic Family Farmers Need YOU!

This map shows where the majority of At-Risk farms are located*. If you live, shop or work in this region, we NEED YOUR HELP.

Please sign the Pledge today!


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*We know that there are also At-Risk farms located across the rest of NY and even in PA. The best way to save all of our northeastern organic family farms is for consumers, retailers and other dairy outlets across this region to pledge their support for the Partner Brands committed to increasing their purchases of all these farms’ milk.

We all have the power to help!

Simply by pledging to purchase a portion of our weekly dairy items from any of the participating organic brands, we can all help ensure the survival and success of these farm families.

Joining is simple! Just fill out the pledge below, and then in the coming weeks and months, we will share our pledge numbers with grocers, restaurateurs, cafeterias, and other outlets that purchase and sell dairy products across the region. Large numbers of pledges are the most powerful way to persuade them to become Retail Partners in our effort by increasing the amount of northeast organic family farm milk products they carry. Make your purchasing power count by pledging today!

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Our Northeast Organic Family Farms Need and Deserve Your Support

Your pledge will make all the difference

This partnership was created to encourage ALL stakeholders in the food system—consumers, retailers, and vendors—to support and safeguard our region’s organic family farmers.

The stunningly simple secret to our modern food system is that “consumers rule.” Grocers, restaurants, cafeterias, even online retailers always try to obtain and sell whatever products we consumers seek. So, when large numbers of consumers demand increased availability of certified organic products from northeast family farms, retailers and vendors will work hard to offer those products.

Your pledge to purchase one-quarter of your weekly dairy items from the brands that buy their milk from northeast organic family farms sends a clear signal to food outlets that you are committing to partner with them in prioritizing these farmers’ products. In return, these food purveyors and others who sign on as Partners are likewise committing to provide the items you want, and therefore pledging to do their parts to help ensure a stable market for organic family farm products.

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Why Organic Family Farms Matter

(And why this partnership was created)

Family farms reconnect us to the land and each other. They provide our communities with beautiful open spaces, abundant wildlife habitats, and rural charm. We pick fruit in their fields and orchards and pet their cows at county fairs. Family farms remind us where our food comes from—and how good it can taste.

When you pledge to buy the products from our region’s organic family farmers, you are not just helping to keep these farms financially viable. You are supporting true Environmental and Health Heroes. Moreover, you are helping to support a fairer, more stable agricultural market, which keeps thousands of small family farms in business and thriving. In fact, organic milk prices are traditionally more stable than the conventional dairy market, so organic farmers often have an easier job of covering production costs. That means they have a better chance of keeping the lights on at the farm and the cows out in the pasture, where they belong.


The Brands You Should Support

These Brands Purchase at Least 50% of their Milk from Northeast Organic Family Farms.

3 Streams Farm Belfast, ME
Milk, cheese

Contact:

207-338-3301


Where to Buy:

CSA and farm pick-up

Balfour Farm Pittsfield, ME
Fresh cheeses, cave aged raw milk cheeses, yogurt

Contact

Where to Buy
Berle Farm Hoosick Falls, NY
Cheese, yogurt, milk

Contact

Where to Buy
Buttercup Mountain Farm Orange, VT
Raw Milk

Contact

Where to Buy:

Farm store

Butterworks Farm Westfield, VT
Yogurt, cream, kefir, buttermilk

Where to Buy
Callie's Creamery Peterborough, NH
Yogurt

Contact

Where to Buy
Champlain Valley Creamery, LTD Middlebury, VT
Cheese

Contact

Where to Buy
Chase Hill Farm & Creamery Warwick, MA
Milk, cheese

Contact:

978-544-3752
chasehillfarm@gmail.com


Where to Buy:

Farm store

Donegan Family Farm Charlotte, VT
Milk

Contact

Where to Buy
Earthwise Farm & Forest Bethel, VT
Raw Milk

Contact:

info@earthwisefarmandforest.com


Where to Buy

Farm store

Grace Pond Farm Thomaston, ME
Milk

Contact

Where to Buy
Hawthorne Valley Farm Ghent, NY
Milk, yogurt, cheese

Contact

Where to Buy
Kiss the Cow Barnard, VT
Milk, ice cream

Contact

Where to Buy
Larson Farm & Creamery Wells, VT
Yogurt, gelato, butter, milk

Contact

Where to Buy:

Farm store

Meadowsweet Farm Hawley, MA
Raw milk

Contact:

413-412-3543


Where to Buy:

Farm store

Miller Farm/Miller Milk LLC Vernon, VT
Milk

Contact:

(802) 988-6455
millermilkllc@gmail.com


Where to Buy:

Brattleboro Food Co-op, Putney Food Co-op, local farm markets, Stonyfield products

Misty Brook Albion, ME
Milk, half & half, cream

Contact:

207-437-4719
MistyBrookOrganicFarm@yahoo.com


Where to Buy
Neighborly Farms Randolph, VT
Cheese

Contact

Where to Buy:

Farm store and throughout NE

Nezinscot Farm Turner, ME
Cheese

Contact

Where to Buy
Organic Valley - CROPP Cooperative All NE
Milk, cream, cheese, butter

Contact

Where to Buy

National distribution

Rogers Farmstead Berlin, VT
Milk, yogurt, cheese

Contact

Where to Buy

Co-ops and farm stores in VT

Sidehill Farm Hawley, MA
Yogurt, cultured sour cream, cheese

Contact:

413-339-0033
info@sidehillfarm.net 


Where to Buy
Stonewall Farm Keene, NH
Milk, ice cream, butter, cheese

Contact

Where to Buy

Farm store, Stonyfield products

Stony Pond Farm Fairfield, VT
Milk, cheese

Contact

Where to Buy
Stonyfield Organic Londonderry, NH
Yogurt, milk, cream

Contact

Where to Buy

National distribution

Strafford Organic Creamery Stafford, VT
Milk, ice cream

Contact:

info@straffordcreamery.com


Where to Buy
Straw's Farm Newcastle, ME
Milk

Contact:

strawsfarm@gmail.com

The Grey Barn Chilmark, MA
Cheese

Contact

Where to Buy

Farm store

The Milkhouse Monmouth, ME
Milk, yogurt

Contact:

mainemilkhouse@gmail.com


Where to Buy
Tide Mill Organic Farm, LLC Edmunds, ME
Milk

Contact

Where to Buy
von Trapp Farmstead Waitsfield, VT
Cheese, milk

Contact:

(802) 496-6100
info@vontrappfarmstead.com


Where to Buy

Farm store, milk CSA
Online from Jasper Hill Farm

White Orchard Farm Frankfort, ME
Milk

Contact:

207-223-5525
12browncows@gmail.com


Where to Buy:

Farm store, Bangor Natural Living Center

Wolfe's Neck Center for Education and the Environment Freeport, ME
Milk

Contact:

bgotschall@wolfesneck.org


Where to Buy:

Farm store

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The Partnership Story

Sometimes it takes a crisis like this to wake us up that something needs to be done. Stonyfield co-founder and former long-time CE-Yo Gary Hirshberg came up with an idea for a region-wide partnership between consumers, large and small dairy processors, retailers, restaurants, school lunch programs, college cafeterias, and of course, our region’s hard-working organic family farmers. The idea is to enlist tens of thousands of northeast consumers, and ultimately retail and institutional customers, in a Partnership that will provide stable, long-term demand for these 89 farms, as well as the overall region’s organic family farms so that none of these farmers are ever made vulnerable like this again.

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Partnership Board of Directors

Peter Allison

Farm to Institution New England

Diane Bothfeld

Vermont Agency of Agriculture

Abbie and Leon Corse

Vermont Organic Dairy Farmers

Claire Eaton

Director, Natural Resource Markets & Economic Development. Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

Gary Hirshberg

Founder and Chair of the Northeast Organic Family Farm Partnership; Co-Founder and Chief Organic Optimist at Stonyfield Farm

Annie Watson

Maine Organic Milk Company and Dairy Farmer

Eric Ziehm

New York Organic Dairy Farmer

Board of Advisors

Michael Brown

Regional Pool Manager for CROPP Cooperative, ME

Britt Lundgren

Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture at Stonyfield Organic, NH

Rose Forrest

Sustainability Coordinator, Massachusetts & Rhode Island Universities, Sodexo, Inc. , RI

Ed Maltby

Executive Director, Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance , MA

Peter Miller

Organic Dairy Farmer and Processor, Miller Family Farm, VT

Albert Straus

Founder and CEO, Straus Family Creamery, CA

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Donate

The Northeast Organic Family Farm Partnership is an educational project affiliated with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, a 501(c)3 Charitable Non-Profit Organization. Our efforts to educate and build a region-wide commitment to helping to keep the northeast’s organic family farmers financially supported and viable depends completely on the generosity of our donors. All donations are tax deductible. Please donate whatever you can by clicking the button below.