The future of dairy farming is diversification,” says Rachel Freund, one of four Freund children working on the family farm. At their store, they sell milk, homegrown tomatoes, sweet corn, baking goods, jams — and CowPots, a biodegradable, plantable pot made from cow manure. It was invented and developed by their father, so the farm could be more environmentally sustainable.
Renewable energy is an important part of the farm’s sustainability. Recently they installed 500 solar panels so the farm won’t have to pay for electricity. Producing and selling quality milk is still the key to their success. They feel great pride in taking care of their cows and say that being around the animals is “very rewarding.”