A first-of-its kind partnership has been established to help Northeast organic dairy farms. It asks consumers to pledge to purchase dairy products from 35 brands who have agreed to increase their milk purchases from the farms. According to Gary Hirshberg (co-founder of Stonyfield), the Northeast Organic Family Farm Partnership was created in response to processors’ decision to leave the region.
Maple Hill Creamery and Danone, two processors, announced the termination of their contracts with 135 organic milk producers in New England and New York. The Northeast partnership, described as a collaboration between farmers, processors and activists, and government agencies, stated that it would ask consumers for a pledge to purchase one-fourth of their dairy products at 35 brands that have agreed to buy more Northeast organic milk.
“Everyone has a stake in the long-term financial health of these farms and farm families,” said Hirshberg.
The partnership asked for pledges from dairy consumers and said it would seek out brand and retail partners to support organic dairy.
Source: Successful Farming