GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – With more than a foot of snow possibly on the way, cities and towns are preparing for a messy two days. 22News visited the Town of Bernardston to see how farmers were getting ready.
Handling a large amount of snow in rural areas can be a challenge for both municipalities and farmers.
22News visited Sunbright Farm in Bernardston. One of the farm’s owners told 22News on days when it snows, they make sure they have fuel in all the equipment and make sure the animal feed is close to the farm.
Sunbright Farm mainly produces milk. Their farm is about 100 acres and is part of the Family Farm’s Milk CO-OP. They have about 130 cows, 66 are used for milking.
Debbie Duprey told 22News their animals are all well protected from winter weather. “This time of year, they are in the barn a lot. We have a free stall barn with greenhouses so they get a lot of light and warmth from the sun. And they are out of the wind.”
Their farm has been in the family for about three generations.
Many of these rural towns also have dirt roads and smaller snow removal budgets.