Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2009 Regional Award Winner

 

Stanton Farms – Ilderton

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MPP for Lambton, Kent, Middlesex Maria Van Bommel and Laurie Stanton

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.


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