A Sustainable Legacy
How one Maola dairy farmer is leaving a lasting legacy of sustainability for future generations.
Nestled in the scenic hills of western Carroll County, Maryland, Coldsprings Farm isn’t just a dairy farm – it’s a sustainable powerhouse that brings you more than just milk. Meet Matt Hoff, the heart and soul behind this family-owned farm, who has a commitment to sustainability that makes each glass of milk he produces an opportunity to better his community.
A Splash of Green in Every Pour
At Coldsprings Farm, the Hoffs are rewriting the script of dairy farming by embracing eco-friendly practices. It’s not just about following regulations for Matt; it’s about nurturing the land and leaving a legacy that will last for generations to come. From clever manure storage to the colorful (and smart!) cover crops that dot the landscape, each choice Matt makes can impact his farm and its future for years to come.
Overcoming Challenges, One Sip at a Time
The journey to sustainable farming isn’t always a smooth one, especially when you’re a dairy farmer navigating fluctuating markets. But here’s where Coldsprings Farm turns challenges into triumphs. Thanks to partnerships with organizations like the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA), and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, every sip of milk becomes a testament to resilience and collaboration within the agricultural community. Coldsprings Farm partnered with like organizations and to host a tree planting, where volunteers helped create a riparian buffer on the farm. The buffer helps prevent erosion and bring back plants and insects that will help improve the water quality on and near the farm.
From Barn to Bottle: A Better Tomorrow
The sustainability impacts expand beyond the water too. The farm features composted bedded pack barns, wildlife-friendly spaces, and a commitment to cover cropping. These dairy farming practices translate into a healthier environment and richer biodiversity.
No-till farming is a major feature of his practices on the farm, which helps to keep nutrients in the ground where they help crops grow – as opposed to polluting local streams.
“The more I learned about no-till and cover cropping, the more I was interested in it,” Matt said. “Today we use modern nutrient management practices – and always add something green. One hundred percent of our ground is in cover crops.”
Pour a Glass with a Purpose
Your choice matters. When you choose Maola Milk, you’re not just fueling your body with 13 essential nutrients; you’re supporting farmers who are committed to sustainability. Matt Hoff takes pride in embracing change and being part of a more sustainable future. As you indulge in a delicious, creamy glass of Maola Milk, know that you’re not just nourishing yourself; you’re helping families like the Hoffs build a legacy of responsible farming that echoes through the fields of Maryland and beyond. Sip with purpose, sip with pride, and join Maola on a journey where every sip makes a difference.