Every occupation needs its diversions and up on Howmars Farm,near the Canadian border, cross country skiing is a popular one for the entire Gates family. Here the family prepares the trails for ideal skiing conditions.
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Jonathan Gates, of Howmars Farm in northern Vermont shows readers of The Bovine Bugle (http://stonyfield.typepad.com/bovine) at Stonyfield Farm just how his organic milk gets from cow to cup, when his milk is turned into Stonyfield Farm yogurt. This milk pick-up happens on Jonathan's small farm 180 times a year!
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Meg, the timid cow, needs a little coaxing to walk across the barn floor to the milking parlor. Farmer Jonathan puts her at ease, though, by dropping a little sawdust in her path. Howmars Farm is one of many organic dairy farms supplying Stonyfield Farm with organic milk for its yogurt.
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On a beautiful morning at the end of August, farmer Jonathan--whose cows supply some of the organic milk that goes into Stonyfield Farm yogurts--decided it was time to move the cows over to new grazing land, a process that is always ongoing at the farm. It seems the cows, kinda like us people, like checking out new digs and look forward to the change. The process involves moving a fence and after that, well, it's like Field Day at the elementary school! They're running every which way, with a few stragglers bring up the rear. New pastureland sure makes for happy cows!
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At Howmars Farm in northern Vermont, there comes a day each spring when the herd is let out onto the pasture. It's come to be known as "Freedom Day" and here you'll see Jonathan Gates' herd-which supplies Stonyfield Farm with organic milk for its yogurt--enjoyed the fresh grass and the wide open fields.
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The maple "sugaring" season has been a long time coming up in Franklin, Vermont this year. Conditions have not been great--you really need cold nights and warm days---but farmer Jonathan Gates finally decided he could tap a few trees. He's been rewarded with the tap, tap, tapping of the rising sap hitting his metal buckets.
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If you've ever wondered what it looks like when the cows come home, here's a short video of Jonathan's herd coming in from the pasture. It's milking time and these girls know just where to go. They do get fed while being milked, so there's added incentive for them. Jonathan reports that, despite unusually balmy days for October, colder weather is certainly coming. For the cows, that means there days of grazing on pasture will be done, and he'll begin feeding them hay from the round bales (the big things in white plastic) you'll see to the left in this video. The cows at Howmars Farm supply organic milk to Stonyfield Farm. See farmer Jonathan's blog here: http://stonyfield.typepad.com/bovine/
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Toward the end of summer 2009, Jonathan Gates up on Howmars Farm--which provides Stonyfield Farm with organic milk--opened up a new section of grazing land for his herd. They seem to enjoy the change.
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In July, Howmars Farm owner Jonathan Gates had his son, Ben, up on the roof, completely a re-roofing project that had begun last summer. Heavey snows over the winter caused some problems with the roof, so it was really time to get to it! Meanwhile, the cows below offer a running commentary. Check out Jonathan's daily diary at The Bovine Bugle. http://stonyfield.typepad.com/bovine/
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Back in January, Jonathan and his cows were wondering if winter was ever going to arrive in northern Vermont. As you'll see by the previous few entries here in The Bovine Bugle, winter DID arrive--with a vengeance. Extreme cold and then extreme snow, then more cold and more snow--in other words, things went back to normal. Now, here in late March, spring is trickling its way slowly up into Vermont and we'll be showing you more videos of its budding here soon. For now, let's look back at January 2007 and the cows who are the stars of our show.
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Like a bunch of pent up fourth graders finally let out for recess, Jonathan's herd finally got to touch the real earth of their fields last week after a long, cold winter in their barn and feed pens. With so much snow on the ground in your average Vermont winter, Jonathan feeds these organic gals with his own hay bales and grain, and they don't get to venture far from the barn in the cold months. Then, like everyone else in northern New England, they just go hog wild when the warm weather finally comes and what is for them the Cat's Pajamas--real grass and dirt. Jonathan spends his late winter months repairing fences and making sure the pastures are ready for the herd. Then, when all is well, the weather warm and the snow gone, the herd is set free. This annual spring ritual is called "Turnout Day" and everyone at Howmars Farm likes to watch the spectacle. Since we here at Stonyfield Farm are all for natural and organic remedies whenever possible, we recommend that you watch this video any time you're feeling blue. You'll end up just as happy as this herd.
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Back in May, Jonathan was ready to have the logs he'd chopped and prepared hauled off to the local mill, in St. Alban's, Vermont. So, he called on his neighbor, who has a logging truck, and he came on over and loaded them up-sort of like tinker toys, only a lot heavier.
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Kildeer on the Howmars Farm are protecting their nests in their usual manner--the parents will act injured and vulnerable to try to draw any potential predators away from the next. The adults also flip themselves over to reveal a bright orange underbelly that will make them more visible, again to draw attention away from the babies. This kildeer was caught on video in the yard of Howmars Farm, which provides Stonyfield Farm with organic milk for its yogurt.
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A snowstorm makes for a hard day's work for Jonathan.
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A few weeks ago up on Howmars Farm, it was time to let all the heifers out onto the first grass of spring. Watch them frolic and run--it's kind of like Track & Field Day on the farm. They are so happy to have their grass back after a long winter.
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A new calf is born to a new mother at Howmars Farm in Franklin, Vermont, an organic dairy farm that supplies Stonyfield Farm with milk that goes into its yogurts. The new calf was a surprise to the farmers, who were pretty convinced the young mother has lost the calf early in her pregnancy.
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Early one morning last week, the cows were contentedly grazing at Howmars Organic Dairy Farm in Franklin, Vermont. Howmars is one of many suppliers of organic milk to Stonyfield Farm, the world's largest producer of organic yogurt. Jonathan writes The Bovine Bugle blog at http://www.stonyfield.com/weblog/BovineBugle
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Here the herd on Howmars Farm, an organic dairy farm in northern Vermont that supplies Stonyfield Farm with milk for its yogurt, goes wild in the dirt. On this day, they had been let out into the pastures for the first time this spring.
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Jonathan Gates of Howmars Farm shows us his sugaring operation, this year using a pipeline collection process for the first time. Howmars Farm supplies Stonyfield Farm with organic milk for its yogurt products.
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Cutting the grass at Howmars Farm for the first time for the season, farmer Ben tries to keep up with the hay baler. Howmars Farm supplies Stonyfield farm with organic milk to make its yogurts. See http://stonyfield.typepad.com/bovine for the daily diary of the farmer.
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Back in early September, Phoenix gave birth during the night, out in the fields of Howmars Farm. Phoenix is an unusual black-colored Jersey cow (most Jersey's are brown and white), and she gave birth to a girl who will stay on the farm a long time. Howmars Farm is one of many organic dairy farms supplying milk to Stonyfield Farm (http://www.stonyfield.com) for its yogurts.
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On the day a few weeks ago when Jonathan Gates let his cows out into the fields for the first time after a long winter, several of the cows take to the dirt instead of the grass. This often happens--there's something in the earth that they apparently crave. Theories about this differ, but for now we're happy to just watch the cows and heifers being happy. Howmars organic dairy farm supplies Stonyfield Farm with milk. For more about Jonathan's herd, visit stonyfield.com
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The herd at Howmars Farm is enjoying sun after a whole lot of rain, which seems to be the default weather setting for New England this summer. All the rain means the earth is a little soggy and the girls sink into it a little bit. Farmer Jonathan is dealing with it by opening up a little more pasture land.
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Jonathan Gates of Howmars Farms began the "sugaring" season in early March with the help of his three sons. He hung buckets on 400 trees back when the weather was unseasonably warm for northern Vermont. Now, however, the nightime temperatures have cooled, so the sap is not yet running!
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Son Ben uses the tractor to load roundbales of hay--which the herd eats during winter--up at Howmars Farm in northern Vermont. Howmars is an organic dairy farm which supplies Stonyfield Farm with organic milk and is owned by Jonathan Gates, who gets a lot of help from his three sons, Ben, Noah and Justin.
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Farmer Jonathan Gates rides along as his son works the hay field--using machinery to do "tedding"--the spreading of the cut hay so that it dries. While the voice over is hard to hear here, listen carefully as Jonathan explains the process. Howmars Farm is one of many organic dairy farms that supply milk for Stonyfield Farm yogurt.
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Up on Howmars Farm, where farmer Jonathan Gates tends to his herd of organic cows, one of them has just recovered from a common hoof ailment. See how here. Howmars Farm, along with many other farms, provides organic milk to Stonyfield Farm for its yogurt.
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