Sustainable Farm Energy

Improving Sustainable Farm Energy in NY

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From 2011 – 2014, the Northeast SARE state program in New York offered year-round sustainable farm energy programs for both educators and farmers.  View the excellent resources from this project below.

2014 Webinar Series Archive:  Sustainable Farm Energy Virtual Tours

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.

Learn more about sustainable energy resources here.

About Northeast SARESARE 1io69cn

The NY SARE State program on Sustainable Farm Energy is funded through Northeast SARE.  SARE offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture.  The NY SARE coordinators are available to offer information and presentations on SARE funding opportunities.   Learn more about Northeast SARE by visiting

Project Goal

The annual goal of this 3 year project was to document 10 farms that have completed energy assessments; 8 farms that have upgraded old equipment to higher efficiency standards; and 3 farms that have installed renewable energy. To read the final report, click here.

NY SARE State Coordinators

The NY SARE State Program is led by State Coordinator Violet Stone (  To read about our current program, visit

Sustainable Farm Energy Advisory Committee

Violet Stone, SARE project coordinator,
David Cox, CCE Schoharie County,
Aaron Gabriel, CCE Washington County,
Kenneth Smith, CCE Chenango County,
Nicole Spinelli, Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District,
Dan Welch, CCE Cayuga County,
Mary Wrege, CCE Oneida County,
Melissa Young, Environmental Finance Center/EPA,
Richard Gast, CCE Franklin County,
Gary Carrel, WNY Energy Smart Communities Coordinator,
Sharon N. Bachman, CCE of Erie County,

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NY Small Farm Energy Innovators
Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Ideas to Promote Steward and Savings on 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. Download in WORD