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Follow organic dairy farmer Jonathan Gates as he reports weekly from his Vermont family farm. Howmars Farm is a certified organic dairy farm, one of many Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative farmer members who supply the milk that goes into making Stonyfield's yogurts and smoothies. The entire family pitches in on this third-generation farm. Check out some of the happenings on his farm and post your comments. Jonathan loves to get feedback from readers.

Moo-vie news: You've heard of the "Running of the Bulls"? This is the Vermont version

Like a bunch of pent up fourth graders finally let out for recess, Jonathan's herd finally got to touch the real earth of their fields last week after a long, cold winter in their barn and feed pens.  With so much snow on the ground in your average Vermont winter, Jonathan feeds these organic gals with his own hay bales and grain, and they don't get to venture far from the barn in the cold months.  Then, like everyone else in northern New England, they just go hog wild when the warm weather finally comes and what is for them the Cat's Pajamas--real grass and dirt.  Jonathan spends his late winter months repairing fences and making sure the pastures are ready for the herd. Then, when all is well, the weather warm and the snow gone, the herd is set free.  This annual spring ritual is called "Turnout Day" and everyone at Howmars Farm likes to watch the spectacle. (See last year's Turnout Day here. And, the year before here. ) You'll see Dena, the oldest one in the herd and a Stonyfield Farm "Have-a-Cow" participant.  Kathy, who was unknowingly born in the woods back in October of 2005, makes a cameo appearance in this video as well.

Since we here at Stonyfield Farm are all for natural and organic remedies whenever possible, we recommend that you watch this video any time you're feeling blue.  You'll end up just as happy as this herd.

Did you know Stonyfield Farm is 25 years old this month?

Care to comment--on the video or on our birthday? Click on "comments" just below.


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I just loved the Turnout Day video. It reminded me of my sons during grades K-5 running out the door of their classrooms on the last day of school every year. They often did not know which way to turn either like the cows. Thank you for bringing back such sweet memories for me. Moooo!!

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