WIND AND SUN POWER THIS FARM
—AND THEN SOME
We’re excited to share some news about our energy program here at the farm. Along with our 50 kilowatt-hour windmill — which, so far, has created enough electricity to offset the carbon emissions of more than 100 cars on the road for a year — we’re now generating even more power from new solar panel for home.
“We are an energy-positive farm,” said Simon Athearn, explaining that Morning Glory now sends a small amount of excess electricity back to the local power grid, instead of drawing energy from it.
Our solar project cost $115,000 all told, with state-of-the-art photovoltaic panels using microinverters to convert direct current into alternating current. “The energy field created is minuscule compared to old-style inverters, which makes them safer to live and work around,” Simon said.
OUR COMPOST HEAP IS GENERALLY OPEN DAILY FROM DAWN TO DUSK AND IS MONITORED BY SECURITY CAMERAS. HERE ARE THE RULES:
- Grass clippings
- Hay: Cut and remove bale strings
- Hedge prunings: Less than ¼” Diameter only
- Kitchen trimmings
- Sawdust and shavings
- Weeds and plant residue
- Sand: Put aside for road use
- Sod: Put in topsoil pile
- Topsoil: Put in topsoil pile
- Bricks, blocks, rocks
- Broken rake handles
- Brush: No woody material larger than ¼” diameter. Partially rotten sticks raked up with leaves OK up to ¾” diameter.
- Metal, soda cans
Please dump as close to the pile as possible. Don’t spread out your loads. Thank you.
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