Coming Soon! Goodrich Farm
Farm Powered™ Anaerobic Digester
Middlebury College will continue to reduce its carbon footprint thanks to an innovative partnership with Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury, Vermont, Vanguard Renewables of Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Vermont Gas. Vanguard Renewables will construct, own, and operate a Farm Powered Anaerobic Digestion facility at Goodrich Family Farm that will combine cow manure and food waste to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). Gas produced by the Farm Powered anaerobic digester will travel by pipeline to Middlebury College’s main power plant. Middlebury has agreed to purchase the bulk of the facility’s output as part of Middlebury’s Energy2028, a 10-year commitment to shift completely to renewable energy to power its central campus.
“We are constantly looking for ways to make our energy sources sustainable and diverse. The digester project is a great opportunity to further decrease our use of carbon-based fuels.”
– David Provost, executive vice president finance and administration, Middlebury College
Beyond the Farm Powered RNG produced by the digester, the facility will create high quality, liquid fertilizer that will reduce the farm’s reliance on chemical fertilizers. The farm will benefit fewer greenhouse gas emissions and an annual lease payment for hosting the anaerobic digester facility. The Goodrich Family Farm is a generational dairy farm with 900 milking cows and is a member of the Agri-Mark Cabot Creamery Cooperative. The Goodrich Farm AD project is scheduled for completion in 2020.