Bar-Way Farm Inc. Deerfield, Mass.

Vanguard Renewables Anaerobic Digester

Full Commissioning Underway



Full commissioning is underway at the latest Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester Project located at Bar-Way Farm Inc. in Deerfield, Massachusetts. This multi-generational dairy farm was founded in 1936 and is operated by Steven Melnik and his son, Peter. The farm encompasses 600 acres of cropland. More than 250 cows are milked each day producing an average of 1,700 gallons of milk daily.

Manure from the dairy operation and organic food waste will be combined in the anaerobic digester and microorganisms will convert sugars, fats, and other compounds into biogas to produce renewable energy and odor-free organic, liquid fertilizer. The farm will also receive low-cost energy and free hot water and heat.