By Megan Denardo, Program Specialist
The beautiful Highland cattle that roam through the Berkshire terrain of Flat Rock Farm spend their lives in a humane and natural habitat. Just last month, Flat Rock Farm in Chesterfield, worked with Eversource and the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program (MFEP) to upgrade the outdoor watering system for their cattle. Both MFEP and Eversource helped fund the installation of an energy efficient waterer (pictured above), which ensures clean drinking water for the cattle throughout the winter and saves 5,164 kWh of electricity and over $800 per year!Read More»
By Kevin Pink, Customer Service & Marketing Assistant
It’s getting to be that time of year; across New England, farmer’s markets are in full swing and abundant harvests of cucumbers, tomatoes, and all manner of other summer crops are making their way from farms to our tables along with milk, cheese, and meat. With harvest festivals just around the corner, it’s a good time to think about the farms that produce the foods that keep us nourished.
At the Center for EcoTechnology, we’ve been working with farms for decades. Farms have a lot of the same energy needs as other businesses we work with, and in many cases, they have additional needs. In the 1990s, we began working with farmers to implement food waste composting on farms and augment it to accept commercially-generated food scraps, offering farms an additional option for revenue. We later expanded our work with farms to include helping to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities and processes.
Beginning in 2002, CET managed the Energy and Small Farm Sustainability Project, funded by a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant from the USDA and matching funds from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and the United States Department of Energy. This project researched, implemented, and showcased energy efficiency measures and renewable energy projects for farms in Western Massachusetts, offering free technical assistance and recommendations for next steps. CET staff also helped farmers research and secure grant funding, financing, and utility and tax incentives to install energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems.Read More»