New England dairy farms are in crisis. We’ve lost over 66% of our region’s dairy farms over the past 30 years due to low milk prices and high feed, energy and labor costs. Without local dairy farms, we all lose open land for outdoor recreation and wildlife, jobs, economic activity and a source of fresh, local dairy products. Don’t let this trend continue. Help us keep New England’s dairy farms for future generations. That’s what we’re fighting for.
WHO WE ARE + WHAT WE DO:
Keep Local Farms is an education and contribution program that connects consumers with local dairy farmers and encourages the purchase of local foods. It is a way to educate consumers about the value of local dairy farms, raise funds to support dairy farms throughout New England, and drive dairy sales.
FIGHTING FOR DAIRY FARMS, PROTECTING LAND & JOBS:
New England farm families work hard every day to bring you fresh, great tasting, wholesome milk products. About 99% of all U.S. dairy farms are family-owned and operated and these families take pride in maintaining natural resources by preserving the land where they live and work, protecting the air and water they share with neighbors, and providing the best care for their cows. Dairy farms strengthen our economy by providing jobs, supporting local businesses and attracting tourists who appreciate scenic beauty and an open, working landscape. Unfortunately, New England dairy farms are struggling to survive due to low milk prices and high feed and energy costs. Join us in keeping the farms that provide the delicious products and open landscape we love.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- 1. Buy milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products at the store. Buy local if possible!
- 2. Support businesses and organizations that display the Keep Local Farms logo.Visit our Program Partners page to learn more.
Together, we can provide a more stable income for dairy farms so they can continue to produce fresh, wholesome milk. We can also maintain open land for beautiful scenery, recreation and wildlife habitats.