Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2010 Regional Award Winner


Pyramid Farms Ltd./New Energy Farms Ltd. - Essex County

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Dean Tiessen and Pat Hoy

Dean Tiessen and Pat Hoy

The Tiessens have known their way around greenhouse tomatoes for years, and now they are known locally and as far away as the Philippines for their unique way of producing energy. Beginning in 2005, with 40 per cent of operational costs going into energy, the Tiessens turned to biomass as a less expensive fuel source. When local biomass feedstock became more expensive, they started planting their own in the form of miscanthus, a perennial grass. Today, they have 300 acres of the grass, producing the equivalent of 30 barrels of oil per acre per year. They have built a new facility that will cube the grass, making it useful for fuel as well as fibre for packaging material, plastic injection moulding, building materials and animal bedding.

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