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Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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DAIRY COWS ARE amazing animal factories that turn nutrients supplied by farmers into milk that we can process into cheese or yogurt or simply drink up. The nutrients don’t all come in the form of grains and grasses. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell

BRIDPORT — “There are so many closed loop systems. It’s all about that on our farms,” said Bridport dairy farmer Marie Audet, emphasizing the ways that sustainability is also a part of commonsense farm practice.

“We grow crops to feed the cows, and they make milk. Their milk makes Cabot cheese. And in the cheese-making process there’s some leftover stuff — whey — that instead of going into the municipal waste system in Middlebury gets brought back here,” she said, referring to her family’s Blue Spruce Farm.

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