VERMONTíS FIRST ON-FARM OIL SEED PROCESSING FACILITY
State Line Farm, Shaftsbury Vermont
Come see the progress to date in constructing Vermontís first on-farm facility dedicated to cleaning, pressing and processing oil seeds such as canola, mustard, flax and sunflower for use as a renewable energy source.
The Ďvirgin vegetable oilí can either be burned directly in waste oil furnaces or it can be combined with alcohol and a catalyst (lye) to make biodiesel. The leftover meal has value as animal feed.
This year, John Williamson and Steve Plummer grew several varieties of these crops. They have also been growing sweet sorghum for many years and they will explain how itís grown and processed into ethanol for use in their on-farm biodiesel production.
Heather Darby of UVM Extension and Roger Rainville of Borderview Farm in Alburg will be on hand to describe the results of their canola, sunflower and sugarbeet trials in northern Vermont.
This work has been funded by a grant from the Vermont
Sustainable Jobs Fund, the Frank and Brinna Sands Foundation, and the University
of Vermont Extension / Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
Directions: Get to the village of North Bennington. From the corner with the big brick bank, go west on Route 67 about 1/4 mile. Turn right at the fork (convenience store is in middle of fork) towards White Creek NY. Go 3 miles to State Line Road on the left (just before Entering NY sign) The farm is 1/2 mile up the dirt road, on the left.
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