University of Vermont Extension
the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture,
and the Robert P. Davison Fund present:

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ON THE FARM
A forum intended to provide an overview of innovative practices that can
enhance energy self-sufficiency and profitability of farms in Vermont

Wednesday May 4, 2005
Old Dorm Lounge, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center VT

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8:30    Registration, Coffee and Muffins

9:00    Energy Issues in Vermont Agriculture: how much energy are we using, and at what price? Where are the opportunities for improvement?
                Livestock: Heather Darby, UVM Extension;  Horticulture: Vern Grubinger, UVM Extension

9:30    Making Bio-Diesel for Greenhouse Furnace Fuel from Vegetable Oil:  Heating greenhouses with waste oil instead of purchased fuel.
                Richard Wiswall, Cate Farm, Plainfield

10:00   Converting Home heating Oil Furnaces to either Waste motor oil / Waste Vegetable Oil: parts/ tools needed with a full explanation/ demonstration for a DIY project -
                Jesse Parris,  Alternative Energy Educator- from the Yahoo Altfuelfurnace forum:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/altfuelfurnace

10:30   Break

11:00    Growing and Harvesting Willow for Biomass Energy:  Field research into the methods, benefits, and costs for farmers.
                Larry Abrahamson, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

11:30   Small-Scale Manure Digesters: Potential for On-Farm Heat and Energy
                Guy Roberts, Intervale Innovation Center, Burlington

12:00   Lunch - catered

1:00    Manure Digesters for Energy - What's Happening on Vermont Farms?
               Dan Scruton, VT Agency of Agriculture;  Onan or Mary Whitcomb, Williston

1:30    Adapting a Used Wind Power System to Supplement our Farm's Electricity Supply.
                Jack Lazor, Butterworks Farm, Westfield

2:00    An Off-The-Grid, Small-Scale, Wind System for Farm Electricity: Costs and Benefits.
                Ken Smith, Merck Farm and Forest Center, Rupert

3:00    Solar Power at Lazy Lady Farm:  Overview of a system that provides all our electricity.
                Lani Fondillier, Westfield

3:30    Discussion

$30 pre-registration per person includes lunch. Send check made to 'UVM Extension' along with name(s), phone and e-mail address to:
Farm Energy Forum, UVM Extension, 11 University Way, Brattleboro VT 05301-3669.  At-the-door registration will be $40.

For more information or to request special accommodations call: (802) 257-7967 ext. 13,
or E-mail: vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu, or (802) 524-6501 ext. 206 or E-mail: heather.darby@uvm.edu

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