Consider Bardwell Farm is a vertically-oriented operation, from the casting of seed on the land to the sale of cheese at market. Our mission is to produce world class cheese in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner. In order to meet the sustainability
aims of our company we focus on the following areas of action.
Consider Bardwell Farm was the first farm east of the Mississippi to be enrolled in the Federal Grassland Reserve Program. Each year only one farm in the US is chosen for the program and under this we have conserved almost 300 acres as perpetual grassland.
By working with the NRCS to keep the Indian River and streams clean, we have amassed the highest number of conservation points in Vermont. Work has included the installation of buffer and filter strips along all water courses, along with the installation of fencing around pastures to contain livestock.
The removal of artificial berms along the banks of the Indian River allows for spring flooding as well as the creation of the natural river course. Implementation of a wildlife habitat restoration program has included planting hundreds of native species trees and shrubs to provide food and natural habitat.
Hay land and pasture is one hundred percent NOFA Certified Organic, pesticide and fertilizer-free. Our goat herd is rotationally grazed, moving to fresh grass paddocks every twelve hours on a sixty day cycle to eliminate parasite problems and use of medications. The herd has been parasite free for the last 7 years. We rotate cows and finally chickens onto the pastures once the goats move on.
Soil condition is monitored, tested and amended as required to maintain our certification. Waste products from the production of our cheeses and the housing of our animals are composted and returned to the land.
We are Certified AWA ( Animal Welfare Approved ). In recognition of our efforts Consider Bardwell Farm along with our partner farm- Wayward Goose- were selected by the Vermont Sustainable Council as sole recipients of the 2013 Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Farm of the Year.
Consider Bardwell Farm has partnered with and helped facilitate the re-opening of two local farms and the expansion of a third farm to provide the cow’s milk we use to make our cheese. We pay a premium for the highest quality milk suitable for our cheeses with the intention of keeping our farm partners supported and viable.
Many of our employees have been members of the local community for many years — growing up here or having strong ties to this area of Vermont. We strive to support our employees not only financially, but educationally, to further their knowledge and skills of farming and cheese making best practices.