Stonyfield Organic Stories Grant


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We want to thank all those who took the time to vote for out hydroelectric pond project! We were blessed to win 4th place and $2,000!

We would also like to congratulate the other winners! First place and $10,000 went to George and Cherry Teague of Reedy Fork Farm in North Carolina, they will use the grant money to upgrade their feed mill. Second place went to Chad and Regina Beidler of Beidler Family Farm in Randolph Center, Vermont. Their seeds cleaning facility will be very much improved by winning $7,500 through the Stonyfield grant. Third place winners are Peter and Kelly Mahaffy of River Bend Jerseys in Coos Bay, Oregon. They also won $7,500 and will be building a covered compost shed to use waste from local seafood processors. Fifth place went to John and Juli Bansen of Double J Jersey Farm in Monmouth, Oregon. Their grant award of $2,000 will be used toward a walk through fly trap for their cows. And in sixth place we have Dana and Carol Shirk of Tuscola County, Michigan. They were also awarded $2,000 and will be using that to build an aquifer fed pond that will aid in pasture irrigation and provide drinking water.

After spending the beginning of the summer harvesting hay for winter feed now as fall approaches we have time to work on site preparation. We are still clearing trees and working through the process of creating the pond. Picture will be coming soon!

Project Details:
In November of 2010 CROPP/ Organic Valley Farmers were invited to apply for a grant opportunity through Stonyfield. Stony field’s vision was for a yearlong project sharing organic stories and supporting organic farming." Grants will be awarded for projects that focus on helping to improve the long-term viability of organic farming and the impact of organic farming practices on the environment,” stated the letter explaining the Stonyfield grant.

On December 13th 2010 the Jerry Snyder Family received a phone call from Stonyfield Organic Yogurt, informing them that they were one of six finalists chosen for the Organic Stories Grants.

Two years ago the Snyder family began clearing pole timber to reclaim an idle wooded area for increased pasture for the dairy herd. In the process we became aware of the need to redirect water from the pasture land.

The project will direct the excess water flow from neighboring land into a 1 acre pond, which will store the water, to then be piped downhill about 75' in elevation (1800' distance), to run a turbine that will generate electricity to help operate the farm.

The excess water, which would have made the pasture too wet for use will be used as a power source, and the pasture season will be extended.