Sustainability Taskforce including a
renewable and energy program manager and biodiesel specialist. He also
plans to add a sustainability program
manager later this year
“You can talk about intention as
much as you want, but once you realize how large some of these initiatives
are and what needs to be done to
implement these changes, you really
need to have a department and
process in place,” Wright said.
On the farm. With over 1200
farmer-owners and 280,000 acres of
organic farmland nationwide, Organic
Valley saw an opportunity to create
change on a wide scale.
To help farmers take their sustainability efforts to the next level, they
developed the Farmer Renewable and
Energy Program (FREP), which offers
farmers everything from energy audits
and renewable energy consultations,
to workshops on solar, wind and
biodiesel as well as information (and possibly workshops in the future) on biodiversity, permaculture and prairie restoration.
The energy audits, performed by Midwest Renewable Energy Association
and Seventh Generation, provide farmers with a 20-page report on how they
can be more energy efficient including providing information on best use of
“In some cases jjust by
iincorp“poratiing sollar water heatiing
systems allone, farrmers coulld
reduce energy usage iin
theiir miillkiing operatiions
by up to 75 perrcent.”
solar or wind energy and more. In some cases just by incorporating”solar water
heating systems alone, farmers could reduce energy usage in their milking
operations by up to 75 percent.
©2008 David Nevala for Organic Valley
A major part of this program is working with farmers to develop pilot crops
to use for biodiesel, allowing farmers to grow their own organic fuel. Plus, the
meal left over after oil pressing is being tested as an organic livestock feed.
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