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Powering the Good - Organic Valley Sustainability

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WE ARE A PART OF NATURE, NOT SEPARATE FROM IT. THE HEALTH OF OUR BODIES, OUR LAND AND OUR ANIMALS ARE ALL THE SAME.

—Rick Adamski, Organic Valley Farmer & CO-OP Member, Shawano County, Wisconsin

Featured Sustainable Farm

Beidler Family Farm

Featured Sustainable Farm

Beidler Family Farm

Brent and Regina Beidler of Orange County, Vermont

Brent and Regina Beidler of Orange County, Vermont

Brent plays an active role on Organic Valley’s On-Farm Sustainability Committee. So it makes sense that the Beidlers’ continuous improvement ethic means always asking themselves: How can we make/do/educate better? Like when they began looking at their energy use and the sources of that energy. How did that fit in with their values? It didn’t. Working with a nearby renewable energy cooperative, they installed a solar panel array on their barn that provides most of the energy for their farm.

Featured Sustainable Farm

Star Bright Farm

Featured Sustainable Farm

Star Bright Farm

Joe, Rita and Kelly Placke of Lafayette County, Wisconsin

Joe, Rita and Kelly Placke of Lafayette County, Wisconsin

Back in the late ’70s, Joe left the conventional family farm he grew up on and bought his own farm. Since then, he’s been the “first on his block” in every way, including sustainability. Recently they installed a 34kW solar electric system with the help of the sustainability department’s energy and grant services programs, and a USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant of $19,000. The system offsets 90+% of their farm energy usage, with a “project payback” in just 9.4 years.

Featured Sustainable Farm

Ihm Organic View Farms

Featured Sustainable Farm

Ihm Organic View Farms

John and Deb Ihm of Grant County, Wisconsin

John and Deb Ihm of Grant County, Wisconsin

The Ihms have worked closely with Organic Valley’s Sustainability Team to develop alternative energy on their farm, which makes good sense on their ridgetop acreage. In 2011, they installed a 21.5kW solar electric system in the hen paddock. Not only does it produce all the power needed for the chicken barn, but it produces excess to sell back to the local utility. The hens were pretty happy, too, since the panels provide more shade for the birds on the hottest summer days.

Featured Sustainable Farm

David or Susan Hardy

Featured Sustainable Farm

David or Susan Hardy

Aaron and Sarah Hardy of Herkimer County, New York

Aaron and Sarah Hardy of Herkimer County, New York

Son of long-time Organic Valley farmer owners David and Susan Hardy, Aaron and his wife Sarah now operate Arabeth Farm—a start-up, certified organic, grassfed beef farm. This is the most ecologically sound, humane and sustainable way to raise cattle. Organic Valley’s Sustainability team helped them identify and pursue grant sources to help build their dream. They received a New York State New Farmers Grant of $50,000 to assist with the construction of a cattle barn, purchase of a skid steer and new pasture fencing.

Featured Sustainable Farm

The Corse Farm Dairy LLC

Featured Sustainable Farm

The Corse Farm Dairy LLC

Leon, Linda and Abbie Corse of Windham County, Vermont

Leon, Linda and Abbie Corse of Windham County, Vermont

Leon Corse is the fifth generation of Corses on their 400-acre farm in southern Vermont. They have received countless top quality awards for their milk, but they never stop innovating around how to make the farm ever better. With the help of a USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant $23,917, they installed a 32.37kW solar electric system to offset 130% of the farm’s annual nonrenewable electricity consumption resulting in an annual energy cost savings of more than 100%. Their project costs will be recouped in four and half years, which guarantees them 25+ years of free and clean, renewable energy!

Featured Sustainable Farm

Sar-Ben Farms, Inc.

Featured Sustainable Farm

Sar-Ben Farms, Inc.

Steve and Susan Pierson along with their sons Kevin and Ryan of Marion County, Oregon

Steve and Susan Pierson along with their sons Kevin and Ryan of Marion County, Oregon

Susan Pierson says, “We want to do what works best for our farm, which is why we’re organic. But thanks to Organic Valley’s sustainability department, we were able to get grants to help us expand our vision by installing a 30kW solar electric system that offsets 10% of the farm’s annual nonrenewable electricity consumption.” Steve, who served on Organic Valley’s board of directors for six years, adds, “It’s just another part of our whole philosophy about the environment.” The Pierson’s received a USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant of $29,585.

Featured Sustainable Farm

Robin Brekken

Featured Sustainable Farm

Robin Brekken

Robin and Karen Brekken of Crookston, Minnesota

Robin and Karen Brekken of Crookston, Minnesota

Robin and Karen farm 3,000 acres of certified organic hay and grain near rural Crookston, MN. As high-quality, conscientious producers, the Brekkens are used to awards and rewards, but this third generation farmer doesn’t rest on those laurels. Sustainability’s Resource Development Program helped Robin secure more than $350,000 in grants from USDA and the state of Minnesota to purchase and develop a value-added feed pelletizing system that will turn potential crop losses of $230,000 into a potential financial gain of $460,000. Pelletizing existing raw products will allow Brekken to access new markets within the organic industry—increasing and diversifying farm revenue. Innovation at its best!

Featured Sustainable Farm

Heritage Acres

Featured Sustainable Farm

Heritage Acres

Rick Langland of Iowa, recipient of the 2016 Leadership in Sustainability Award

Rick Langland of Iowa, recipient of the 2016 Leadership in Sustainability Award

Rick turned his drive and intelligence toward energy use on his farm with an eye to reducing consumption of non-renewable energy. Rick’s local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conducted an energy audit of his farm that gave him a roadmap to reducing inefficiencies. Once he implemented recommended upgrades, Rick worked with Organic Valley’s Sustainability Department to find funding for renewable, sustainable sources of energy, to help limit the use of fossil fuels on his farm. They were able to secure more than $63,000 in grant funding and technical assistance to install a solar electric system that provides almost 75% of the farm’s electricity needs.

This innovative dairy farmer has looked into every corner of his 400-plus-acre farm in the Coon Creek watershed of Northeast Iowa for ways to make it better, safer and more efficient. Rick has also put significant effort into managing his woodlands. He planted 23 acres of new forest and implemented forest stand improvements on 100 acres of existing forest. This type of “carbon farming” removes large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stores it in the soil and trees. Rick also added “silvopasturing” to his managed grazing program, a practice that allows his cows to graze through a developing forest.

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