OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday October 25, 2006 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

VERMONT’S FIRST ON-FARM OIL SEED PROCESSING FACILITY

State Line Farm, Shaftsbury Vermont

 

Come see the progress to date in constructing Vermont’s 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 ‘virgin vegetable oil’ 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 it’s 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.
 
Questions? vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu or 802-257-7967 x13