For Immediate Release - October 28, 2010

Agricultural Officials Announce Energy Grants for Projects on 42 Bay State Farms in 34 Communities

BOSTON - October 28, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to a clean energy future, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles today announced 42 grants to Massachusetts farmers to improve energy efficiency and implement renewable energy systems on farms in 34 communities.

Awarded through the Department of Agricultural Resources' (DAR) Agricultural Energy (AgEnergy) Grant Program, funding was provided to farms in Amherst, Ashfield, Barnstable, Carver, Colrain, Cummington, Deerfield, Egremont, Falmouth, Franklin, Hadley, Hancock, Hardwick, Harvard, Lee, Leominster, Leyden, Oakham, Orleans, Paxton, Phillipston, Plymouth, Rowley, Saugus, Sheffield, Shelburne, Southampton, Sterling, Sudbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Westfield, Winchendon and Worthington.

"Energy efficiency and renewable energy projects create jobs, lower operating costs for businesses and increase our energy independence," said Secretary Bowles, whose office includes DAR. "These grants help the Massachusetts agricultural industry embrace new techniques for saving energy while protecting our environment."

The grants, totaling $450,000, will fund projects such as variable speed vacuum pumps for dairies; reverse osmosis and heat recovery systems for maple syrup operations; higher efficiency boilers and furnaces for a variety of farm sectors; thermal blankets for greenhouses; and photovoltaic systems for a number of operations that produce dairy, vegetable, orchard, maple syrup and cranberry products. Overall, 20 grants are for energy efficiency and 22 for renewable energy projects.

"Over the past three years, the AgEnergy program and the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program have helped Massachusetts farmers reduce energy costs and improve overall efficiency," said DAR Commissioner Scott Soares. "These grants also stimulate local economic activity through the purchase of materials and equipment. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the producers receiving these awards today."

The AgEnergy Program is one of several within the Department's Division of Agricultural Technical Assistance (DATA), the mission of which is to provide technical assistance, training and funding to promote economically viable and environmentally sound agricultural practices in Massachusetts.

"These grants bolster ongoing efforts by farmers to make their operations more energy efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels," said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Phil Giudice."Investments like these reflect Governor Patrick's commitment to expanding clean energy and energy efficiency across all sectors of the Massachusetts economy."



County

Farm Name

City

Project Type

Award

Barnstable

Cape Cod Organic Farm

Barnstable

9.84kW Photovoltaic System

$10,000

Barnstable

Coonamessett Farm Inc.

Falmouth

9.2kW Photovoltaic System

$21,100

Barnstable

Wilkinson Farm

Orleans

5.53kW Photovoltaic System

$2,500

Berkshire

Howden Farm

Sheffield

9.68 kW Photovoltaic System

$2,500

Berkshire

Ioka Valley Farm

Hancock

Reverse Osmosis; Steam Pan Capture

$15,000

Berkshire

Meadow Farm

Lee

9.6kW Photovoltaic System

$18,581

Berkshire

Tobey Hill Farm Partnership

Sheffield

Precooler; Var Pump

$15,000

Berkshire

Turner Farms Maple Syrup

Egremont

Oil Fired Arch Evaporator

$15,000

Essex

Herrick Dairy Farm LLC

Rowley

Vacuum Pump; Plate Cooler; Refrigeration

$5,244

Essex

M. Huberman, Inc.

Saugus

Gas Fired Unit Heaters

$5,000

Franklin

Apex Orchards, Inc.

Shelburne

15.84kW Photovoltaic System

$30,000

Franklin

Chase Hill Farm

Warwick

8.36kW Photovoltaic System

$2,500

Franklin

Cranston Tree Farm

Ashfield

Reverse Osmosis

$2,817

Franklin

Gunn Farm, Inc.

Sunderland

Vacuum Pump; Plate Cooler; Lighting

$4,808

Franklin

Maple Run Farm

Leyden

7.14kW Photovoltaic System

$2,618

Franklin

Pazmino Farm

Colrain

Reverse Osmosis

$4,325

Franklin

Pine Hill Orchards

Colrain

Outdoor Wood Furnace

$12,000

Franklin

Roberts Farm

Colrain

Variable Speed Pump; Precooler

$4,000

Franklin

South Face Farm

Ashfield

4.4kW Photovoltaic System

$2,500

Franklin

Sunrise Farms

Colrain

Steam Pan Capture

$5,000

Franklin

University of Massachusetts

Deerfield

16.45kW PV System

$15,000

Hampden

Kosinski Farms

Westfield

4.4kW Photovoltaic System

$10,963

Hampshire

Brookfield Farm

Amherst

4.4kW Photovoltaic System

$20,000

Hampshire

Fletcher Farm

Southampton

Dairy Plate Cooler; Variable Vacuum Pump

$6,722

Hampshire

Mapleline Farm

Hadley

9.68kW Photovoltaic System

$23,221

Hampshire

Morning Dew Farm

Worthington

Variable Speed Pump; Precooler

$1,702

Hampshire

Snowshoe Farm

Worthington

RO Unit; Pre-Heater

$11,041

Hampshire

Taproot Commons Farm

Cummington

Hot Water Heater

$2,500

Hampshire

Tessier's Sugar House

Cummington

Wood Fired Evaporator

$10,000

Hampshire

Winter Moon Farm

Hadley

Equipment for 34.3kW Photovoltaic system

$11,997

Middlesex

J.P. Bartlett Co. Inc.

Sudbury

Greenhouse

$20,000

Norfolk

Fairmount Fruit Farm

Franklin

13.2kW Photovoltaic System

$22,000

Plymouth

Dutchie's Greenhouses

Plymouth

Oil Fired Burners

$8,000

Plymouth

Edgewood Bogs LLC

Carver

18.9kW Photovoltaic System

$10,221

Worcester

Carlisle Farmstead Cheese

Hardwick

10kW PV System

$11,444

Worcester

Friends of Sholan Farms

Leominster

2.94kW Photovoltaic System

$12,000

Worcester

Linabella's Gourmet Garlic Farm

Oakham

2050w Photovoltaic

$6,124

Worcester

Meadowbrook Orchards

Sterling

18.48kW Photovoltaic System

$25,000

Worcester

Otter River Farm LLC

Winchendon

Variable Speed Vacuum Pump

$3,542

Worcester

Prospect Hill Hay

Harvard

9.75kW Photovoltaic System

$11,756

Worcester

R.H. Robinson Co.

Paxton

Thermal Shade Screen

$5,000

Worcester

Red Apple Farm

Phillipston

9.84kW Photovoltaic System

$21,656

"These grants represent a good step forward towards energy conservation, and will help the farms in my district increase their energy efficiency," said Senate President Therese Murray. "Coonamessett Farm in Falmouth, Dutchie's Greenhouses in Plymouth, and Cape Cod Organic Farm in Barnstable will all receive funds to update their agricultural practices, use cleaner technology, and have a better impact on our environment while still providing our towns with fresh, healthy and locally-grown produce."
 

"I am very pleased to see Edgewood Bogs in Carver taking advantage of this fantastic opportunity," said Sen. Marc Pacheco. "Massachusetts needs to continue becoming more energy efficient and grants like this are exactly how to accomplish that goal. I applaud the Patrick/Murray Administration and Secretary Bowles for their continued commitment to increasing energy efficiency in this state."

"Locally grown food is absolutely essential to our residents' health and our state's economy," said Sen. Karen Spilka. "The $22,000 grant for Franklin's Fairmont Fruit Farm will allow them to use renewable energy to marry their wonderful traditions with a sustainable future."
 

"I would like to thank the Patrick Administration and Secretary Bowles for their commitment to preserving agricultural land and promoting use of clean energy by farms," said Sen. Benjamin B. Downing. "These grants will preserve jobs, but more importantly, they will help preserve a way of life in western Massachusetts, which like every other part of our economy, has been through tough times."

"I want to congratulate these farms for not only receiving these grants but also for taking the important first steps in becoming more energy independent," said Sen. Robert O'Leary. "These grants will help people around the Commonwealth improve their energy efficiency and move towards more sustainable communities. I applaud the administration for making these grants available and for awarding them to Cape Cod Organic & Wikinson Farm."

"Investing in alternative clean energy technologies and improving energy efficiency is a smart use of state funding - reducing carbon emissions, promoting sustainability, and supporting our economy all at the same time. I'm pleased to see that two of the Agricultural Energy Awards are going to local agricultural businesses here in the Middlesex & Worcester District," said Sen. Jamie Eldridge.

"Rising energy costs are a big challenge facing our farms and agricultural businesses, which are an important part of our local economy," said Rep. Stephen Kulik. "These state grants will provide greater energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources to help our farms to be financially stronger and more sustainable."

"I am thrilled that such a deserving member of my district has received such a prestigious award," said Rep. Harold P. Naughton Jr. "Meadowbrook Orchard has been an important member of our agricultural community since 1912 and continues to provide members of this district and across the state with excellent produce and service. Due to their innovation and creativity, Meadowbrook Orchards has evolved to become a place where families can enjoy spending time together, whether it be in the orchards or enjoying a delicious meal. I hope to continue to work to provide Meadowbrook Orchards and other agricultural centers in my district with the support they need to continue to thrive."

"For five years Carlisle Farmstead Cheese has been an invaluable asset to our community," said Rep. Cory Atkins. "Their business, our environment and the town of Carlisle will significantly benefit from this grant, which will help the dairy reduce their energy needs and offset their electricity. Adopting alternative clean energy technologies helps us sustain jobs and resources, and I thank the Department of Agricultural Resources for making this possible."

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on receiving the Agricultural Energy Grant from the Department of Agricultural Resources," said Rep. Timothy R. Madden. "Your goal to improve energy efficiency and facilitate adoption of alternative clean energy technologies is a goal that you should be very proud of. I applaud your contribution to our community and to the Commonwealth and for pursuing in these new technologies as you know clean and renewable energy is critical and essential to our future. Again, congratulations."

"Congratulations to these worthy grant recipients," said Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli. "It is great to see these farms be recognized for their efforts in improving energy efficiency and becoming more sustainable. The agricultural sector is very important to the vitality of the 4th Berkshire District and the initiatives these farms are taking further solidifies their role as good stewards of our environment."

"I am very pleased to hear that Otter River Farm has been chosen to receive an Agricultural Energy Award. Supporting local agriculture, especially in these difficult economic times, is of the utmost importance," said Rep. Robert Rice. "These funds will be a wonderful boost not only to energy efficiency at Otter River Farm, but our local economy as a whole."

"Before becoming State Representative I was pushing to get a study done for a photovoltaic system at the landfill," said Rep. Dennis Rosa. "It gives me great pleasure to see that Sholan Farms will be the first site to install this System. I commend the city of Leominster for actively supporting this grant. This is definitely a start for the city in its efforts to become more energy efficient."

For more AgEnergy Program information, visit www.mass.gov/agr/programs/aegp/index.htm.

For DATA program information, visit www.mass.gov/agr/divisions/ag_technical_assistance.htm.

DAR's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of local agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions - Agricultural Development, Animal Health, Crop and Pest Services, and Technical Assistance - DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the Commonwealth's agricultural community, working to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture's role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit DAR's website at www.mass.gov/agr, and/or follow us at http://twitter.com/MDARCommish. For your gateway to locally grown products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities go to www.mass.gov/massgrown.