mwf-alternative-energy-page-slideshow-2On-Farm Alternative Energy

Maple Wind Farm is dedicated to sustainability in all its forms. Here are just a few ways we make an effort to preserve and protect our environment.

Solar Power

Maple Wind Farm has two 6 kW Solar Trackers that combined average 750 kW per month. Tied into the grid, we utilize what we need and export any excess.

Intensive Rotational Grazing

We use intensive rotational grazing, making sure not to graze any piece of land until the grass has recovered fully. This method builds soils, reduces erosion and increases the diversity of our pasture, as well as transition zones where meadows and forests meet.

Pasture-Based Farming

Pasture-based farming reduces our use of fossil fuels. Most of Maple Wind Farm’s feed is eaten live and in place by the animals, and most of their manure is evenly distributed as part of the rotation process. The energy comes from the animals doing what they naturally do.

Pig Power

Animals also provide energy for other farm activities, and pigs do a large part of that work. We use pigs as sodbusters to recondition pasture.

Manure Management

At Maple Wind Farm, we capture all of our manure during the winter months when soils cannot absorb it. By doing so, we reduce our potential for polluting our Huntington watershed. In the spring we compost it (with pigs as our turners), and spread it on our pastures as fertilizer.

 

 


Stop by our red barn a few Saturdays this winter for an opportunity to buy direct and save money on meat packages! We will have a great selection of beef, pork, poultry, and turkey. Also available: our delicious eggs and value added goodies along with organic vegetables. All welcome. Plenty of parking.

March 18 2-5pm

April 15 2-5pm

Location: 1148 E Main St Richmond

Open House & Barn Tours Saturday March 12th 1-5 pm
Event Location: our newly completed red barn in Richmond,1149 E Main St.
Come celebrate farming in Vermont and good food!