Remember when small farms were everywhere? At Stonyfield, we believe that shouldn’t just be a memory. Across states and across generations, Stonyfield believes in investing in the small, organic family farms that supply our milk -- and you can join the cause to support organic family farms, too. Discover why we're so passionate about the "Save Gen F" movement and how you can do your part to help save small family farms.
Supporting small organic family farms is an important piece of Stonyfield's foundation. We're on a mission to help them thrive. "Save Gen F" is an initiative to strengthen the next generation of farmers. Join us in supporting small family farms!
According to the USDA, our country has lost half of its dairy operations since 2003—from the tiny family farms in New England to multigenerational dairies in Wisconsin. Many things are to blame: exorbitant land prices, recessions, and a rise in large, agri-business operations. Not to mention, a decline in the number of young or new farmers seeing a career in farming as a viable future. After all, the average age of dairy farmers is often approaching, or exceeding, 60 years. But there are many things we can do.
We’re proud to work with the Wolfe’s Neck Center, whose Organic Dairy Farmer Training Program we helped found. Not only does it provide training and resources to new farmers, but it also enables commercial farmers to transition from conventional to organic. One of their recent graduates, Haden and Katie of Mayday Farm, even directly supply us with milk!
But you don’t have to join a farm to help. Consider supporting the National Young Farmers Coalition, an organization reviving sustainable farms throughout the country, or the National Black Farmers Association.
We couldn’t let more farms in our backyard lose their livelihoods. Last year, 135 organic farms throughout New England and New York received notice that their contracts would soon be terminated. After how many farms we’ve lost, we just couldn’t let that happen.
In addition to bringing on as many as possible via our direct supply program, we helped launch the Northeast Organic Family Farm Partnership, connecting farmers to new buyers. But we’re not only the only member brand!
By taking the pledge and purchasing from these many awesome member brands, you can help save family farms throughout the Northeast!
Small organic family farms have reached a critical point. Here's how you can help.
Discover how we can inspire a new generation of farmers to lead us into the next era.
Stonyfield ensures that ingredients come from top-of-the-line organic sources.
It’s not just about good food. It’s about being good to the planet. We buy our organic milk from people we know. They’re pretty incredible and we think everyone should know their farmers, too. In addition to buying organic, shop locally wherever possible! Nothing beats seasonal, nutrient-dense foods and conversations with the people who made them.