Climate and Market Changes: What Contributes a Resilient Dairy System?

Community Nights Friday's at Stonewall Farm

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 1:00 – 2:30 PM 

(live at Stonewall Farm and on Zoom)

Who is sponsoring this panel and why?

This panel is being organized for two key audiences – 1) is a Dartmouth College environmental studies off-campus program that is learning about farms, soils and social-ecological transitions while traveling around Vermont/New Hampshire and 2) is the Northeast Healthy Soils Network (NEHSN) and other affiliated institutions concerned about dairy in the Northeast. For the Dartmouth program, the students will be developing a written report about the dairy issue in the Northeast, for which the panel will provide some of the evidence for their research.

Abstract: What is a dairy system that is resilient to climate and market shifts and that contributes to healthy social ecological systems?  It has been demonstrated that, to attain these multiple goals one needs: 1) a well-connected network of farmers, industry representatives, non-governmental and governmental stakeholders; 2) robust and redundant local food hubs, markets, and processing facilities, and 3) well-informed and committed community members. Danone’s recent decision to pull its contracts from much of the Northeast has shocked the northeast dairy system, including farmers who have been committed to building healthy ecosystems while producing healthy food. 

In conjunction with Dartmouth College’s Environmental Studies Department and Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH, the Northeast Healthy Soil Network is pleased to host a virtual panel of regional experts focused on responding to the question: What makes a local dairy system resilient to market shocks? This panel will bring together a diversity of dairy farmers, industry leaders, and soil health advocates who are responding to fluctuations in the dairy system and seeing new opportunities, initiatives, and ideas. Participants will contribute to the discussion of how our regional food production system and healthier ecosystems are compatible goals. Together, we will explore questions about the future of dairy farm viability, sustainable production systems, and the transition toward a carbon-neutral agri-food system. 

This will be a hybrid live/virtual event. The panel will begin with presentations, followed by a Q&A from both the live audience and the online participants. The live event will be held at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH and is limited to 25 participants, who are required to wear masks and socially distance (please contact julie.l.snorek@dartmouth.edu to RSVP). Virtual attendees must please register through Zoom.

Zoom Registration: https://dartmouth.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJElf-2orj4qEte3De-3gsKUrFrGTd91TIFy

Speakers: 

Julie Davenson (Stonewall Farm) 

Britt Lundgren (Stonyfield)

Amanda or Ross Thurber (Lilac Ridge Farm, Organic Valley)

Peter Miller (Miller Farm)

Daniel Smith (VT Task Force to Revitalize the Vermont Dairy Industry)

Location of this Hybrid Panel: Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd, Keene, NH 03431 (Attendance limited to panelists and a small number of attendees:  RSVP to julie.l.snorek@dartmouth.edu)