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2014 Webinar Series Archive:  Sustainable Farm Energy Virtual Tours


No till beds, earth cooled barn & passive solar greenhouse at Four Winds farm in Gardiner, NY

This Spring, 2014 webinar series consisted of 1 hour lunchtime webinars and virtual tours of farms with sustainable energy designs.

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.

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 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.

NY Small Farm Energy Innovators: Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Ideas for Your Farm

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 Microsoft Word

Other Resources

Collection of Renewable Energy Links and Resources

This document from the U.S. Department of Energy contains resources for basic renewable energy info, energy information specific to your state or region, assistance with creating programs to incentivize sustainable energy, advice on renewable energy permits, information about the energy workforce, and information about renewable energy funding. Download the document here.

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

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

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

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 EnergyWhy Wood Energy, and Short Rotation Woody Crops in the Northeast. To access the webinars, visit

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.

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

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

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.

Energy in the News: Alternative Energy Innovation

Farming: the Journal of Northeast Agriculture featured an article on the various forms of renewable energy that growers around the northeast are utilizing to power their farms. The article covers such energy sources as wind turbines, solar panels, geothermal heat, biofuels, and anaerobic digesters, as well as the benefits and challenges of using each on a farm. You can access the article in PDF here.