Recycling is an important part of Threemile Canyon Farms' success. By combining our potato farming with a large dairy, we have created a balanced, closed-loop system that emphasizes sustainable practices.
Our recycling story is simple: We use the leftovers - peels and culls - from the off-site processing of our potato and onion crops as feed for our dairy cows. Then we use the manure the dairy herd produces to make fertilizer and compost to enrich and improve our fields. Along the way, our farm has accomplished even more:
Methane-based green fuel
From the beginning, Threemile Canyon Farms has been designed around sustainable practices such as recycling, reducing water use, protecting endangered species and organic farming. The farm#s new methane digester is the latest addition to our long standing sustainable farming tradition.
Threemile Canyon Farms is partnering with NW Natural and Bonneville Environmental Foundation on an innovative methane digester pilot project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by converting dairy waste into fuel. Harnessing the methane gas from the manure and using the fuel at our dairy is a key goal of our sustainable farming ethic. We anticipate that our work will provide other farms with a more cost effective demonstration of dairy waste recycling.
Our methane digester, designed by JUB Engineers, also provides a unique opportunity for Oregon agricultural businesses to work together to limit overall environmental impacts. For example, Oregon wineries have invested in the digester through Bonneville Environmental Foundation, demonstrating their leadership in carbon reduction, carbon offsetand sustainable business practices.
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