Harvesting Clean Energy on Ontario Farms

On Wednesday June 29, 2011, Delft Blue Veal Farms (division of Grober Inc.) proudly hosted the event, Harvesting Clean Energy on Ontario Farms.

Climate Action Network Canada, the Pembina Institute, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and The United Church of Canada launched their new report “Harvesting Clean Energy on Ontario Farms” through a series of presentations in Southern Ontario during the week of June 26-30.
The report highlighted the untapped business opportunities for farmers that can be found in the field of renewable energy; the numerous other benefits of renewable energy, such as rural economic development and improved environmental conditions; and finally, the government policies needed to allow farmers to embrace the benefits of renewable energy.

Alongside Canadian and European clean energy experts, Hans-Detlef Feddersen, a leading German farmer, clean energy pioneer and founder of Germany’s first citizen-owned wind park was the featured speaker. The Hon. David Levac, MPP (Brant and Parlimentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure) served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Delft Blue veal farms offered tours to the guest including the Bio-Gas digester on our farm. The Delft Blue Digester uses manure from the barns to ultimately generate 500 kw of power to the grid – enough power to supply electricity to 500 homes 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Guests including OFA, OMAFRA, and individuals from the Green Energy Industry sector enjoyed a beautiful June evening dining on Delft Blue veal.

Electricity From Excrement

While at the Ontario Electrical League conference (May 2011), EBMag’s editor, Anthony Capkun, signed up for a tour of Delft Blue Veal Farms in Cambridge to learn more about the farm’s anaerobic digester, which takes in over 17 MILLION litres of manure and turns it into electricity.

Delft Blue says biogas operations have “a predictable impact on consistent power generation, a positive impact on carbon and greenhouse gas emission and, most importantly, their by-products can be used as organic land nutrients. Neither wind or solar eliminate methane and provide additional green by-products.

Each new biogas plant creates approximately $1,400,000 worth of jobs in its phase construction alone”.

Pack a Waste Free Lunch

Dishwasher, open and loaded with dishes

What?
Reduce waste from school lunches and other packed meals.

How?
Start with a reusable lunch box or bag. Add reusable stainless steel utensils and cloth napkins. Insert food and drinks in reusable containers and bottles. And get that kiddo out the door!

Why?
The average American student produces up to 67 pounds of waste from school lunches each year. Plastic bags, individually packaged items and juice boxes are all big-time contributors.

Did You Know?
You could save $246.60 per student per year with a waste-free lunch approach.

Okay, But How Hard Is It?
As easy as putting a few more things in your dishwasher at the end of the day – instead of in the trash can.