Consider Bardwell Farm, established 1864.
Spanning the rolling hills of Vermont's Champlain Valley and reaching into Washington County, New York, our three-hundred acre farm was established in 1864 by a man named Consider Stebbins Bardwell. It was Vermont's first dairy coop, ("The Pawlet Cheese Company") where small farmers in the area brought their milk, Consider made the cheese, and they sold it as far as New York City.
A century and a half later, Angela Miller and Russell Glover are revitalizing the tradition with pasture-based raw milk from goats and cows, with the support of our neighbor farm partners, Wayward Goose Farm and Indian River Farm.
Our commitment to sustainability guides our farming, cheesemaking and business practices. Pasture-based dairy doesn't just help us make delicious cheese, it's also one of the best uses of land in Vermont. Short growing seasons and a mountainous terrain in heart of the Northeast's foodshed make our region perfect for pasture-based dairy.
Cows and goats on rotational grazing fertilize the soil and support indigenous varieties of grass and wildlife. Our fields are federally protected grasslands, meaning that they've been reclaimed from conventional, unsustainable cropping and will never be anything but grass for as long as we are around. Our whey helps our neighbor's pigs get big and tasty. Our chickens pick through the fields, help manage pests, and nourish the grass.
When you look at the whole life of any food, the part we eat is really very small. We believe the only way to be successful is to be sustainable-- that means guaranteeing the well-being of our environment, employees, community, partners, and animals. Try our cheese and you'll taste the difference it makes. To read more about our areas of action, check out Our Mission.
Animal Welfare Approved.
Our farm is proud to be Certified Animal Welfare Approved, meaning that the health and well-being of our animals is our primary concern. Labels like "Organic" are prohibitively expensive for small farms, focus only on a farm's input and output, and leave animal welfare and sustainability out of the conversation. We think AWA is the most meaningful certification in dairy.