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2009 Regional Award Winner
Stanton Farms – Ilderton
MPP for Lambton, Kent, Middlesex Maria Van Bommel and Laurie Stanton
When Stanton Farms had to relocate the family farm as a result of encroaching urban growth, they saw an opportunity to build a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable operation. The dairy farm uses a combination of technologies in new and unique ways to maximize energy efficiencies and minimize their environmental footprint. Examples include an instant milk chilling system using well water, and co-generation of heat and electricity from an on-farm anaerobic digester. The digester produces 300 kilowatts of green energy and is expanding capacity to 1.3 megawatts - enough to power 800 homes. By-products from the digester are used for animal bedding and research is underway into their potential use as a replacement for peat, artificial soil and bioplastics. In the past two-and-a-half years, more than 14,000 people from around the world have visited this super green, 2,000 head, elite genetics farm.