It is our duty to take care of the planet and it will, in turn, take care of us. And that is especially relevant when it comes to our city and state. We live here. Our partners live here. Hopefully our grandchildren will live here too. It is our responsibility to leave the water, soil and air as we found it, if not better, and thanks to our use of state-of-the-art technology, regenerative agriculture practices and minimization of our carbon footprint, we are doing just that.
Water is life. And for all its purposes, it must be clean. We go above and beyond to ensure that our local waterways remain clean and uncontaminated, which includes using nature’s filters (grasses) as well as consistent monitoring of wells and ground perimeters.
Soil is what brings life to our crops and grasses, fields and forests and we don’t take that lightly. We help manage crop rotations while also monitoring the nutrients in the soil 2X more often than required. This monitoring helps us to ensure that we leave the land better than how we found it.
Air is what we breathe and our goal is to minimize our impact by maintaining thoughtful manure storage and fertilizer application. We also work with local farmers to help reduce long feed deliveries.
We diligently work with our farmer friends to upcycle crop products they don’t need (like soybean hulls, cottonseed and brewers grains). Instead of just throwing them into local landfills, we gratefully accept their produce waste knowing our cows will love them because they’re packed with nutrients cows need!
We are committed to keeping our resource usage low. To help cut down on electricity costs, we use:
TRANSLUCENT PANELS &
CURTAINS IN THE BARN
THAT HELP MAINTAIN THE
ALL YEAR ROUND
TO KEEP OUR FARM
VARIABLE SPEED DRIVES
WHICH “SOFT START” ALL
MOTORS SO THEY ARE RUNNING
AT THE REQUIRED SPEEDS,
NOT FULL SPEED ALL THE TIME
So for a family of 4, that would be approximately
$29 per person per month. We strive to do better
than that in our dairy. On average each month,
we spend only $7.69 on electricity per cow! We are
able to spend so little on electricity due to our use
of LED lights throughout the entire dairy. LED lighting
uses 75% less energy than standard light bulbs
and lasts 25x longer.