New England has lost more than 10,000 dairy farms in the past 50 years; fewer than 2,000 farms remain. Collectively, they tend 1.2 million acres of farmland and produce almost all of the milk consumed in the region. In our enthusiasm for the new food movement, we often overlook the farmers at the foundation of the regional agricultural economy.
Climate change will demand that more of our food is grown closer to where we live. As we strive to revive local production, we have much to learn from dairy farmers. Through conversations with farmers and policy experts, Forgotten Farms reconsiders the role of these vital farmers.
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