The Northeast SARE state program in New York offers year-round sustainable farm energy programs for both educators and farmers. Sign up for the Small Farms Monthly Update here to receive announcements of upcoming programs. To learn more about sustainable agriculture funding opportunities, visit www.nesare.org
Sustainable Farm Energy: 2014 Virtual Tours Start April 4th
Are you looking to stabilize rising fuel and energy costs on your farm or homestead? Are you seeking more sustainable sources of energy? In this upcoming four-part webinar series, you’ll meet an organic vegetable farmer, grape grower & winemaker, sunflower & biodiesel producer, and pastured livestock farmer who will lead you through a virtual tour of their sustainable farm energy systems and ecological production techniques.
This lunchtime webinar series will run from noon-1:00pm every Friday from April 4th through April 25th. All of the webinars are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Upon registering, you’ll receive an email providing a link and instructions for you to access the series.
- Held April 4th, 2014. Organic Vegetable Farm Cools with the Earth: Warms with the Sun, with Jay Armour of Four Winds Farm in Gardiner, NY. Description | PDF Slideshow | Stream Recording | Download Recording
- April 11th: Family Vineyard Shrinks Carbon Footprint by 40% with Art Hunt of Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport, NY. Description | PDF Slideshow | Stream Recording | Download Recording
- April 18th: Sunflowers & Canola to Fuel: Dairy Becomes Biodiesel Production Facility with Roger Rainville of Borderview Farm, Alburgh, Vermont. Description | PDF Slideshow | Stream Recording | Download Recording
- April 25th: Thirsty Livestock? Use Sun or Wind to Power a Remote Watering System with Jonathan Barter of Barter Farm, Branchport NY. Register Here | Description
2013 Webinar Series Archive: Sustainable Power for Your Farm or Homestead Webinar Series
This Spring, 2013 webinar series consisted of 1 hour lunchtime webinars and virtual tours of farms with sustainable energy designs.
- Held March 29, 2013. Dreaming of Local Lemons – Solar Energy Virtual Tour. Noon – 12:45pm. Description | Stream Webinar | PDF Slideshow | Download Webinar
- Held April 5: Powering Your Farm Off the Grid – Virtual Tour. Noon – 1pm. Description | Stream Webinar | PDF Slide Show | Download Webinar
- Held April 12: Compost Power! Noon – 12:45pm. Description | Stream Webinar | PDF Slide Show | Download Webinar
- Held April 19: Ask an Installer: Wind, Solar and Geothermal. Noon – 12:45pm Description | Stream Webinar | Download Webinar
Farm Energy Field Day Series: 2013 and 2012 Series Information Archive
2012 Field Day Series offered “How-to” information on incorporating solar panels, wind turbines, radiant heat, passive solar and ecological stewardship practices into your farm or homestead. To read about the Fall 2013 field days, click here. To read about the Fall 2012 field days, click here.
Looking for a “Farm-Friendly” Renewable Energy Installer?
The following installation companies have worked with small farms featured in our sustainable farm energy field day series and have been recommended by the farmers they worked with!
Alternative Power Solutions of New York | Visit Website | Recommended by Cross Island Farm
Hudson Solar | Visit Website | Recommended by Four Winds Farm
Earth, Wind and Solar | Visit Website | Recommended by Fuess Meadows Organic Dairy
One Earth Energy: Specializes in Off-Grid in central NY | Contact Mauricio at 607-657-2504 | Recommended by One Earth Farm
Looking for Farmers who use Renewable Energy on their farms?
Farmers throughout New York state use a multitude of renewable energy technologies and techniques on their farms. If you are searching for a farmer mentor, speaker or field day host, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to view the following contact list! Farmer Farm Energy Spreadsheet.
Farm Energy Photo Tour
Couldn’t make it out to the 2011 farm energy field day series? Take a virtual tour of the featured farms by viewing the photos essays below. Sponsored by Northeast SARE.
- Cross Island Farm. Wellesly Island, NY.
- Four Winds Farm. Gardiner, NY.
- Highland Hills Farm. Charleston, NY.
- Dorpers Sheep Farm. Sidney Center, NY.
As a farmer, chances are you know how to produce food and fiber. But do you know how to produce energy? “Small Farm Energy Innovators” booklet describes how farmers save energy and decide which renewable systems are right for their farm. Profiles detail the cost of installation, any grants or incentives available, amount of energy saved or produced, and where to go for further information. Produced by Northeast SARE. Download in WORD
Central Vermont Cow Power (CVCP) Program
CVCP is a manure-based, farm-to-consumer energy program. The cow power process involves holding the manure in a sealed concrete tank at a high temperature. Bacteria digest the volatile components, creating methane; this, in conjunction with the high temperatures kills weed seeds and harmful pathogens. Methane gas is extremely harmful as a greenhouse gas, so trapping it and using it as fuel helps to offset global warming effects. Consumers can purchase Cow Power energy at a premium, with almost all of Cow Power energy income going toward the farmers producing it. For more information about this program, visit www.cvps.com/cowpower/
A Farmer’s Guide to Energy Self Reliance: A Guide to Using Energy Efficiency, Biomass, and Renewable Energy on the Farm
The Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School published a guide to help farmers implement energy efficiency measures and to use renewable energy to reduce operating costs, while also decreasing potential negative environmental effects. The guide details energy self-reliance on a farm and potential energy management solutions. To access the guide visit www.agenergysolutions.org/site/ .
CCE Energy and Climate Fact Sheets
These fact sheets provide information about how New York’s climate is continuously changing, how you can help reduce your impact on the climate, and how to respond and adapt to the changes that will occur. To access the fact sheets visit, http://blogs.cornell.edu/climatechange/resources/.
Grit Magazine: Sustainable Energy Publications
Grit Magazine has a selection of books for sale on their website focused on renewable energy, with titles such as, Masonry Heaters, Solar Water Heating, Zero Energy Home Guide. To browse the publications or order a copy, visit www.grit.com.
Farm Energy Alternatives: ATTRA Resources
ATTRA has compiled a large selction of energy resources. The resources listed, focus on areas such as how to make farm buildings more energy efficient, solar energy, wind energy, biofuels, and much more. To access these resources, visit www.attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/farm_energy.
Energy in the News: Energy-Smart Food for People and Climate
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) presented a report on the food sector’s contribution to energy consumption at the 2011 UN Climate Change Conference. The report discusses how all components of food production can become more ‘energy smart,’ focusing on energy use, energy sources, renewable energy, and sustainable development, among other topics. The report is available in PDF here.
Wood Energy Webinars: Penn State Resource
Learn more about forest energy in the northeast by watching these webinars presented by the Penn State Renewable and Alternative Energy Extension team. Webinar topics include: Green Buildings and Wood Energy, Why Wood Energy, and Short Rotation Woody Crops in the Northeast. To access the webinars, visit http://extension.psu.edu/energy/wood-energy/northeast-wood-biomass-energy-program/webinars/archive.
Farm Energy Videos
An extensive library of energy videos focusing on energy conservation, renewable energy and biomass. Mostly based in the midwest/western US, but many are relevant to eastern agriculture, too! Visit the library.
Farm Energy Best Management Practices Guides
The Massachusetts Farm Energy Program recently published a series of guides with considerations for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Each guide focuses on a specific sector of agricultural production: Dairy Farms, Greenhouses & Nurseries, Maple Sugaring, Orchards & Vegetable Farms, and Renewable Energy. The guides were based on the experiences of Massachusetts farmers and propose Best Management Practices (BMPs) for farm energy use. To view the guides, visit http://www.berkshirepioneerrcd.org/mfep/technical-resources.php.