You may have read my post on creating an eco-friendly barn/stables in which I told the story of our client, the avid equestrian, "Doc" . She stopped in to visit and to talk about "Energy"-- specifically Energy Star Rated buildings that might work for her horse barn construction project.
That really got us thinking. Right away, I dropped an email on over to AR's Tricia Jumonville and Janie Coffey who commented and gave Doc's project some ECO-juice. Don't ya' just love it when the gang gets together to brainstorm about healthy living space remedies?
That got me thinking about all our horse farm clients past, present and future. Could eco-friendly farming systems be of significant benefit to them?
I decided to look into those benefits including reducing farm energy costs, finding ways to deal with high energy costs, and capturing energy resources available on the farm.
I found out that indeed wind, solar, and biofuel resources are a value-added feature for our clients who are on the lookout for large tracts of land for agriculture and horse-related projects. I hopped on over to North Carolina's Piedmont Biofuels and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems web site. I was so-pleased to discover that they offer energy management and renewable energy workshops and free tours of the on-farm biodiesel plant. This is something the whole family might find informative..especially the inventors and investors among you. (You'll see what I mean when you look at the photos below.)
On-farm biodiesel demonstrations even include a demo
of the famous "mobile biodiesel reactor "
(photo courtesy of CEFS.)
In fact, if the whole idea of sustainable design and cost reduction intrigues you, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems will host an all-day energy risk management workshop, "Fueling the Farm," at Cherry Research Farm near Goldsboro, NC on July 12. Will I see you there?
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