Nationwide, the average age of dairy farmers is approaching 60 and the number of farms producing milk is in decline. Too few young people are entering organic dairy. Meanwhile, the demand for organic milk is steadily increasing, creating a nationwide shortage of organic milk.
To address these challenges, Wolfe’s Neck Farm has launched a two-year residential Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program in partnership with Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and Stonyfield. This program aims to increase the production of organic milk in the Northeast while fostering the next generation of organic dairy farmers. It will achieve this goal by partnering with new, transitioning, and existing organic dairy farmers to improve their practices and ensure long-term sustainability and production in this region. This program is the first of its kind in the nation, and is being launched with a major grant from the Danone Ecosystem Fund and Stonyfield.
The Wolfe’s Neck Farm dairy will be used as a platform for forage-based research, experimentation, demonstration, and training. We will feature and study innovative approaches for new farmers to reduce the initial capital investment, reduce financial risks and build a viable operation.
The dairy is a pasture-based, low-grain operation and is Organic certified by MOFGA.
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