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A day old calf at Eastleigh Farm in Framingham. Photo by David Crawston

June’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was David Crawston, who photographed an adorable day old calf at Eastleigh Farm in Framingham.

June is Dairy Month; a time to celebrate and enjoy dairy products when milk production typically is at its peak. In June, and indeed all year long, we want to raise our milk glasses and toast Massachusetts dairy farmers, their cows and the hard work they do every day to produce local, wholesome milk. Dairy farming has been a part of Massachusetts agriculture ever since the early settlers brought cows to Plymouth in 1624. Dairy farming is essential to the vitality and diversity of Massachusetts agriculture and is part of our cultural tradition. Dairy farming maintains 113,600 acres of open space and land preservation which enhances a beautiful working landscape available for recreation, wildlife habitats and scenery; and dairy farming circulates approximately $40 million to a local economy. Dairy farmers work hard every day to produce roughly 246 million pounds of fresh, nutritious, local milk which is used to make delicious products like cheese, yogurt, ice-cream, and butter. Many Massachusetts dairy farms utilize innovative “green” farming practices and support energy efficiencies on their farms. Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley is hosting a “June Dairy Month” Tour Series. These tours will bring you behind the scenes of a wholesale dairy farm where you can learn more about the innovative technologies they are using to support renewable energy, and see how they care for their animals and the land. Learn more about Massachusetts dairy farming here!

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DAR Program Coordinator

With a background in the culinary arts, nutrition education and program development, Julia joined The Department of Agricultural Resources Division of Agricultural Markets in 2008 to help spread the word about Massachusetts’ incredible agricultural and culinary opportunities. She also coordinates several grant and marketing programs available to a diversified group of growers and agricultural associations across the Commonwealth. A Boston University graduate, she can be found in her spare time sourcing out the best local products for her next culinary creation or volunteering in the community.

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