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Wolfe’s Neck New Farmer Incubator

United States

Context

Social

Conventional milk production is declining in the Northeast while there are few organic farms. 1/3 of organic dairy farms in this region are not profitable and the future of this sector is uncertain.

Business
Danone wants to develop its organic products in a very competitive environment. Therefore it is looking to secure its organic sourcing. 

Action

With the support of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Stonyfield and its local partner Wolfe Neck Farm have co-created the “Wolfe’s Neck” project to increase the amount of organic milk produced in the Northeast of the United States. The project encourages young farmers to convert to organic farming. A training center will be created to become the regional hub for research, demonstration and training in sustainable organic dairy farming and pasture management. This training center is the first incubator farm for new organic dairy farmers in the US. 

News

  • SOCIAL AND BUSINESS IMPACTS

Social 
The project empowers organic dairy farmers to improve their economic and environmental sustainability. It will also create jobs and improve the rural economy of the state of Maine.

Business
Stonyfield is securing its organic sourcing and reinforcing its brand reputation.

General interest
This project is aimed at ensuring long-term sustainability of organic milk production in the state of Maine.