Calvin, Jean, and Jonathan Snow, owners of Snofarm, are proud to run a sustainable agribusiness in this era of globalized, corporate agriculture. They believe that small farm success lies in the pursuit of sustainable agricultural practices as recommended by the New York Cooperative Extension Service, the State University of New York Veterinary College, and the New York State Cattle Health Assurance Program. This program helps assure that the dairy is run with the cows’ health in mind.
Our cows approve of their working conditions. They are milked when they have milk, but are not artificially forced to produce. When the weather is nice, they roam the fields as a herd, foraging at their leisure. They enjoy spacious shelter in the barn. They eat grass. They are treated humanely.
Our cows are grass fed during the spring thru fall pasture growing season and are fed stored forage that we produced on the farm the other part of the farm year. The grazing season is about April 15 to October 15. In addition, our cows are fed corn, oats, and soybeans we grow in addition to the forage they consume. 90 percent of their food is produced on our farm. We strive for a balanced diet for each cow, we work with a certified animal nutritionist to achieve this goal.
Our feed is not “organic,” nor is our milk “organic” in the current sense of the word. Certified organic feed has pesticide residues; are they there because of pesticide drift from neighbor farms, enviromental contamination or fraud? Snofarm endeavours to feed nutritious, healthy, hi-quality feed, produced the best we know how. We feel that organic farming, properly speaking, “is not a farm that uses certain methods and substances and avoids others; it is a farm whose structure is formed in imitation of the structure of a natural system; it has the integrity, the independence, and the benign dependence of an organism.... A farm that imports too much fertility, even as feed or manure, is in this sense as inorganic as a farm that exports too much or that imports chemical fertilizers.” ( Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land, “Solving for Pattern” essay)
Because Snofarm has so many kinds of cattle, Calvin has available the highest quality of milk. The result is a distinctive range of cheeses made from the best traditional methods using the best milk.
On Snofarm, the main goal is the health, well being, and quality of life of the employees, owners, livestock, fields, and forests. We manage our resources to achieve these goals. We make our money by selling quality milk from a healthy dairy herd fed feed produced in a sound ecological way.