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RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release: August 21, 2006
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418


PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management announces that Arruda's Dairy Farm in Tiverton has been named Rhode Island's 2006 Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year by the Rhode Island Green Pastures Committee. Winning dairy farmers from each New England state will be honored at an awards banquet on September 15 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA.

Arruda's Dairy Farm was founded by Georgianna and Joseph Arruda in Fall River in 1917, where they delivered raw milk to area homes by horse and wagon. They and their eight children worked together, taking care of the animals, doing fieldwork, bottling, and delivering. Although most went their separate ways as they grew older, three of the children John, Olivia, and Jean stayed on with their parents and helped them with the family business. As a young girl, Jean had her own chicken business, supplying eggs for the milk route. Her brother John operated the milk route, delivering by truck to homes, while Jean and Olivia pasteurized the milk and took care of the cows. When Route 24 and William Cannon Boulevard split the farm in Fall River, the Arrudas sold it and merged their operations with their second, more recent farm in Tiverton. At that time, they began pasteurizing the milk and selling it in glass bottles.

In the late '90s, Jean, and her husband Antone Moniz, Sr., bought the farm from the other heirs. They and their two sons, Antone Jr. and Joseph, continue to carry on the family tradition of running the family farm. They harvest corn, grass silage, and small grains, manage a herd of cows, and breed them for their own herd replacement. The farm supplies homogenized milk skim, low fat, 2 percent fat, and whole which is produced and pasteurized at the farm, and delivers it regionally. The milk, they note, is free of synthetic BST, meaning that there is no bovine growth hormones injected into their cows.

The Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year award is sponsored by the New England Green Pastures Committee, made up of agricultural interests such as state and federal agricultural offices and farm organizations. Rhode Island's Green Pastures Committee is coordinated by DEM's Division of Agriculture, with members including the Rhode Island Dairy Farmers Cooperative, the RI Farm Bureau, the RI Farm Service Agency and the Agri-Mark Cooperative.


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