On-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.
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 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.
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.
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.