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How Massachusetts Farms Turn Food Waste Into Renewable Energy

Americans waste a lot of food. As much as 40 percent of the country's food supply gets thrown out, according to federal data.

Dairy Farmers to Give Away Free Milk in Boston

Dairy farmers across the country have been forced to dump milk they can't sell into their fields – an awful waste of their hard work, and of valuable food.

PBS NewsHour Waste Not

In the final episode of the special series this week on food waste, PBS News Hour series "Waste Not, Want Not" looks at some innovative solutions being developed to deal with the growing problem of spoiled and surplus food in this country. Special correspondent Allison Aubrey visited a state where dairy farmers are using it to power their farms

Farmers Feeding Families Plainville, MA Milk Donation Event on June 4, 2020

On June 4, 2020 in Plainville, MA Vanguard Renewables and MA State Representative Shawn Dooley teamed up to distribute gallons of milk to families in need. It was one of four Farmers Feeding Families events sponsored by Vanguard Renewables.

Local farms donate thousands of gallons of milk to those in need as market dissolves

Dairy farmers have been forced to dump milk due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response, Dairy Farmers of America has partnered with Vanguard Renewables and HP Hood to fund the donation of 8,600 gallons of milk from Massachusetts farms to local families in need.

People in need received free milk donated by Dairy Farmers of America Massachusetts farms - CBS Boston Coverage

People in need received free milk donated by Dairy Farmers of America Massachusetts farms. Volunteers distributed all 8,600 gallons of milk to approximately 4000 Boston-area residents who arrived by car, motorcycle, bike, and on foot to the May 7 event.

8600 Gallons of milk given away to Boston area residents–WCVB News Coverage

Volunteers from Jordan Dairy Farms, Vanguard Renewables, DFA, and the MA National Guard distributed 8,600 gallons of milk to approximately 4000 Boston-area residents.

Dairy Farmers Give Away Free Milk - NBC News Coverage

Thanks to everyone who made this Farmers Feeding Families milk donation event possible particularly the Massachusetts members of Dairy Farmers of America. 8,600 gallons of milk were distributed to approximately 4000 families and individuals.

Farmers Feeding Families Boston Milk Giveaway May 7

Dairy Farmers of America and its Massachusetts farm families are donating 8,600 gallons of milk to families in need in a milk drive up event at Boston College High School on Thursday, May 7, 2020 starting at 9 a.m. This event is co-sponsored by Vanguard Renewables in cooperation with H.P. Hood. Limit is 2 gallons of milk per car or walk up

4,300 gallons of milk to be distributed to Plainville (MA)-area families on June 4

Plainville, MA, June 4, 2020 – Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national dairy cooperative, MA State Representative Shawn Dooley, Vanguard Renewables, and H.P. Hood are partnering to donate 4,300 gallons of milk to families in need in a Farmers Feeding Families milk drive up event at Plainridge Park Casino, Plainville, MA on June 4, starting

Where is Renewable Natural Gas Moving Forward?

Where is Renewable Natural Gas Moving Forward? Find out in this Waste 360 article featuring Vanguard CEO, John Hanselman. “The downstream component — convincing offtakers to commit to a long-term agreement — is the biggest challenge. But long-term agreements are needed as a safety net for equity and debt investors.”

Gas companies want to recycle your manure

"Poop is gold today" - Randy Jordan, Jordan Dairy Farms. Jordan hosts 2 Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered anaerobic digesters on his farms in Mass. Vanguard is expanding manure-only and food waste and manure to renewable natural gas projects nationwide.

John Hanselman Appointed to Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas Leadership Advisory Board

The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas recently appointed John Hanselman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard Renewables, to the organization’s Leadership Advisory Board.

The Competitive Edge: Vanguard Renewables

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? A: Vanguard Renewables’ leadership saw an opportunity to help the American farmer to improve manure and nutrient management and to provide farms with a

Panning for Gold in the Waste Stream: Vanguard Renewables helps farmers harvest energy from their by-products

When Randy Jordan takes part in his local Fourth of July parade these days, he no longer worries about neighbors turning their noses up at him. In the past, they had their reasons.

'This Is History': Big Ten University Students Unanimously Pass Resolution Calling On Schools to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Student body presidents of the Big Ten universities are calling on their schools to divest from the fossil fuel industry after a resolution was passed unanimously

Turning cow waste into clean power on a national scale

A 1,000-pound dairy cow produces an average of 80 pounds of manure each day. Multiply that by the estimated 9 million dairy cattle in the U.S., and that’s a lot of manure.

From cow pats to clean energy

Harmful emissions from the agriculture sector are increasingly scrutinized as the climate changes. Now, energy companies want to help New Mexico dairy farmers reduce emissions.

Industry's 3 largest landfill operators among California's biggest methane emitters: report

Republic Services, Waste Connections and Waste Management are among California's leading methane "super-emitters," 

Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables partner to form nationwide network of dairy waste-to-energy projects

Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables Ag partnered in a more than 0-million nationwide partnership to convert methane from U.S. dairy farms into renewable natural gas (RNG) that can be used to heat homes, power businesses and fuel vehicles.

Weekly Digest: Partnership developing nationwide network of dairy waste-to-energy projects

An expansion of an alliance involving Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is designed to reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions while improving the economic viability of family-owned dairy farms.

Vanguard Renewables and Dominion Energy partner up on 1st nationwide network of dairy waste-to-energy projects

In today’s Digest, find out how Vanguard Renewables and Dominion Energy are partnering up on a 0 million nationwide strategic partnership to convert methane from U.S. dairy farms into clean, RNG...

Dominion Energy and Vanguard Renewables Form Strategic Partnership to Develop First Nationwide Network of Dairy Waste-to-Energy Projects

More than $200 million strategic partnership will capture methane from U.S. dairy farms and convert it into clean, renewable energy for U.S. consumers.

Dominion Energy Turns to Cow Manure in Gas Pact

Deal is the latest venture between livestock concerns and power producers to generate gas from animal waste. The arrangement calls for the utility to fund construction of organic-waste processing facilities called anaerobic digesters amid clusters of large dairy farms, connect the facilities to natural gas distribution pipelines and sell the gas.

Chew On This: Farmers Are Using Food Waste To Make Electricity

This story was produced as part of a collaboration with the PBS NewsHour. Hosted by Allison Aubrey. Learn how Massachusetts farmers, food retailers, and food manufacturers are turning farm and food waste into renewable energy.

Vanguard Renewables and Vermont Gas Win American Biogas Council 2019 Awards

PRESS RELEASE: Vanguard Renewables and Vermont Gas Win American Biogas Council 2019 Awards

PRESS RELEASE: Vanguard Renewables and Jordan Dairy Farms, Rutland, Massachusetts Win American Biogas Council 2019 Longevity Award

PRESS RELEASE: Vanguard Renewables and Jordan Dairy Farms, Rutland, Massachusetts Win American Biogas Council 2019 Longevity Award

How anaerobic digesters are helping process organics while sustaining US farms

Vanguard’s goal is to place Anaerobic Digesters on farms across North America.

Vanguard breaks ground on food waste to energy project

System will help food producers and consumers comply with Vermont’s 2020 food waste ban.

Biomethane to Supply Vermont College with 50% of its Heating and Cooling Energy Needs

Vanguard Renewables has selected Kinsley Energy Systems to supply high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) for a new renewable energy project.

Energy 2028 update: College partners with Goodrich Farm on anaerobic digester project

Middlebury College broke ground on an anaerobic digester facility at the end of August, pushing the college towards its goal of using 100% renewable energy sources by 2028.

The New Business Imperative – Employees turn environmental action into a workplace necessity

This survey of Fortune 1000 employees finds that if companies are to meet employee expectations for corporate environmental efforts, and reap the associated benefits, they have significant work ahead of them.

Milestones Reached as Vermont Gas, Vanguard Renewables Break Ground on Biogas-RNG Project

For many who attended the groundbreaking for the new dairy digester at Vermont’s Goodrich Farm, the sense of true celebration was palpable.

Diversification the secret behind Bar-Way Farm’s century of success

DEERFIELD — Steven Melnik used horses when he started his farm in 1919. A century later, his great-grandson can use his smartphone to turn on the pumps at a 750,000-gallon methane digester that makes bedding for dairy cows, as well as electricity, fertilizer and heat.

Media Coverage for the official groundbreaking at Goodrich Farm of Salisbury biodigester

Multiple news outlets covered this historic event, and groundbreaking of the new Salisbury Anerobic Digestor. Read coverage from WPTZ (NBC5), VtDigger, Houston Chronicle, VtBiz, WCAX.

Vanguard Renewables, Goodrich Farm, Middlebury College, and Vermont Gas Celebrate Groundbreaking for Facility that Turns Manure and Food Waste into Renewable Energy

Middlebury will be the primary consumer of the RNG produced at the dairy farm.

Vermont farm turns manure into renewable energy, powering Middlebury College

The digester, which extracts methane from manure and food waste, is similar in design to the one under construction in Salisbury, Vermont.

How cows will help heat a Vermont college campus

SALISBURY, Vt. (WCAX) Soon cows will help heat a local school campus. Tuesday, Middlebury College and its partners broke ground on a new facility on the Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury.

Partners hail groundbreaking of Salisbury biodigester

Chase and Danielle Goodrich, operators of a 900 milking cow dairy in southern Addison County, had a decades long dream come true on Tuesday when construction began on a plant that will turn manure into natural gas.

‘Renewable natural gas’ from manure and food waste heats up Addison County

The digester, which extracts methane from manure and food waste, is similar in design to the one under construction in Salisbury, Vermont.

Could Renewable Natural Gas Be the Next Big Thing in Green Energy?

“The history of the investment tax credit and the production tax credit to incent energy exploration is longstanding. They did it for oil and gas. It’s been hugely successful in wind and solar. It’s time that anaerobic digestion gets its chance to have that same help,” - John Hanselman, CEO Vanguard Renewables.

Federal bill could restore biogas tax credits, bolster organics infrastructure

“The history of the investment tax credit and the production tax credit to incent energy exploration is longstanding. They did it for oil and gas. It’s been hugely successful in wind and solar. It’s time that anaerobic digestion gets its chance to have that same help,” - John Hanselman, CEO Vanguard Renewables.

Pioneering Food Waste Recycling – Episode 16: A conversation with John Hanselman, CEO of Vanguard Renewables.

CEO John Hanselman featured on the Nothing Wasted podcast today. Learn about how food waste recycling gives back to food waste producers, haulers, and the environment. Take a listen!

College Campuses Implement Waste Reduction Measures

To improve their carbon footprints, many higher education institutions have implemented measures for reducing waste in their sustainability plans.

Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a success in California and soon will be rolled out in the Northeast.

Low Carbon Fuel Standard is a success in California and soon will be rolled out in the Northeast.

Food Waste Collection and Recycling Provides Haulers with New Destinations for Organics and Financial Benefits

The benefits of food waste collection and recycling using Farm Powered Anaerobic Digestion featured in the May issue of Waste Advantage magazine.

It’s Only Waste If You Waste It: Turning Food Waste into Brand and Bottom Line Value

Food Industry Executive article by Vanguard CEO John Hanselman about how recycling food waste builds brand and bottom line value. The article features two of Vanguard's Farm Powered Partners - Cabot Creamery and Gorton's Seafood.

The state’s ban on food waste lacks teeth, critics say

Much of the food waste in Massachusetts is still not being recycled as outlined in the Commonwealth’s organic waste ban. There are a number of success stories such as Whole Foods, which recycles the organic waste from 17 of the company’s 32 Massachusetts stores.

New Study Shows Employees Seek and Stay Local to Greener Companies

Nearly 70% of respondents say that a strong sustainability plan would affect their decision to stay with a company long term. In fact, about 30% have left a company due to its lack of a corporate sustainability agenda and over 11% have done so more than once.

DSNY Enforces Organic Waste Requirements

The City of New York Department of Sanitation (DSNY) announced that on February 15 it will begin enforcement of a city law requiring some larger restaurants, chain restaurants and grocery stores to separate their food waste from their trash, and ensure it is beneficially reused, not sent to a landfill.

Inside Vanguard Renewables, the Northeast’s biggest food waste recycler

Vanguard Renewables is featured in a January 31, Waste Dive article by Cole Rosengren. The company recently opened its latest farm-based anaerobic digester, with more on the way. CEO John Hanselman explains why his business works where others have failed. Vanguard is the largest recycler of food waste in the Northeast.

Digester Developer Finds Sweet Spots

Vanguard Renewables uses an “everybody wins” approach as it builds, owns and operates anaerobic digesters on dairy farms to process food waste and manure according to a recent article by Nora Goldstein in BioCycle Magazine.

Young people say not recycling is a dealbreaker

74 percent of Americans would rather shop and spend money at a business that recycles and reuses materials according to a new study by The Recycling Partnership.

Food to Fuel—It is Not as Easy as it Seems!

Food to Fuel article in December Waste Advantage Magazine by Vanguard CEO John Hanselman touches on the challenges and the benefits of organics recycling to renewable energy.

Considering cleaner alternatives to natural gas

John Hanselman’s Letter to the Editor response to a recent Boston Globe editorial regarding alternatives to conventional natural gas

How recycling is changing in all 50 states

There have been significant recent changes in the recycling landscape for municipalities since the exit of China and these are affecting municipalities and haulers in Massachusetts and around the country.

NWRA Recognizes the Best in Recycling

The 2018 Organics Recycler of the Year Award went to Vanguard Renewables. Vanguard’s Farm Powered organics recycling and anaerobic digester program vertically integrates the organics feedstock chain and farms to solve food waste challenges, generate renewable energy and sustain farms.

Vanguard Renewables Named 2018 Organics Recycler of the Year By the National Waste & Recycling Association

The award recognizes the substantial contribution that Vanguard’s Farm Powered organics recycling and renewable energy production program is making to protect the environment and advance the waste and recycling industry.

Vanguard's Farm Powered Organics Recycling Program Solves Food Waste Challenges and Sustains Farms

Vanguard's Farm Powered Food Waste Recycling Program solves food waste challenges and sustains farms.

How Now Cow Power?

When the state banned commercial food waste from landfills in October 2014, anaerobic digestion advocates predicted a win, win, win—a much-needed destination for food waste, an economic lifeline to endangered dairy farms, and a new source of clean energy.

Vanguard Renewables working with CT farmers to bring Farm Powered renewable energy to the State

You can think of an anaerobic digester as a big metal stomach. Biodegradables go in, get composted, and turned into energy. And now, the hope is that the waste turns into a profit.

Construction of Ward Hill Anaerobic Digester More Than Half Way Complete

An organics-to-energy construction project at a Ward Hill farm has passed the halfway mark, and is on target to begin selling electricity to the city this coming spring. Vanguard Renewables of Wellesley has completed about 63 percent of the project at the 350-acre Crescent Farm...

Deerfield methane digester getting hooked up to grid

A million methane digester-power generator that went online at the beginning of March was finally showing signs late this week of being fully connected at Bar-Way Farm, nine months after the 1-megawatt generator was supposed to have been churning out electricity for the power grid.

Middlebury College, Goodrich Farm, Vermont Gas, and Vanguard Renewables Announce Farm Powered RNG partnership.

Middlebury College will significantly reduce its carbon footprint thanks to an innovative partnership with Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury, Vt., Vanguard Renewables of Wellesley, Mass., and Vermont Gas.

Running on fumes

One new industry’s future in Massachusetts could depend on piles of cow manure, an endless stream of food scraps, and some help from the State House.

Compelling renewable energy and AD testimony at MA Statehouse hearing

Huge thanks to everyone who supported renewable energy and anaerobic digestion at the MA Energy Committee hearing on September 19th at the Statehouse in Boston.

Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester will turn poop into power at Crescent Farm, Haverhill, Mass.

Vanguard Renewables soon to be under construction Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester at Haverhill's Crescent Farm will turn cow manure from the 200 cows at the farm and recycled organic food waste into power.

At Haverhill farm, it’s waste not, want not.

Farm Powered anaerobic digester at Crescent Farm in Haverhill is the fourth in Massachusetts constructed and managed by Wellesley’s Vanguard Renewables. It will convert roughly 100 tons of manure and organic food waste per day into renewable energy.

Is an anaerobic digester right for your dairy farm?

Peter Melnik, a fourth generation dairy farmer from Deerfield, Massachusetts, is a firm believer a farm should be economically and environmentally sustainable. This belief started him on a 10-year search for a way to make an anaerobic digester work on his farm.

Biogas RNG outpacing even solar in growth potential

Expect to hear lots more about renewable natural gas (RNG) or biomethane, the versatile biobased fuel that’s fully interchangeable with fossil-fuel natural gas.

How Garbage Becomes ‘Black Gold’

NYC has the largest organic residential collection program in the country. Now what was once considered waste is being turned into compost and biogas.

City of Haverhill agrees to purchase power from Crescent Farm AD

The Haverhill, Mass. City Council inked a deal with Vanguard Renewables to purchase power generated by a Farm Powered anaerobic digester to be constructed at Crescent Farms. The electricity will be transferred to the city through the purchase of net metering credits.

Dairy Farmers of America and Vanguard Renewables Announce Strategic Alliance

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national farmer-owned dairy cooperative, and Vanguard Renewables announce a strategic partnership to help bring anaerobic digestion technology to more farms across the country.

Biogas Industry Lauds Senator Wyden's Technology Neutral Energy Tax Reform Bill

Senator Ron Wyden's (D-OR) Technology Neutral Energy Tax Reform bill, the Clean Energy for America Act promotes next generation energy sources by proposing technology neutral tax strategies.

Haverhill, Mass. Approves Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester for Crescent Farm

The Haverhill, Mass. Board of Health has approved a Vanguard Renewables, Farm Powered waste-to-energy digester for Crescent Farm in Bradford. The equipment will convert cow manure to a combustible gas to generate electricity. It is expected to begin operating in nine to 15 months and will be the first of its kind in Haverhill.

My Turn: For dairy farmers, every day is Earth Day

Millions of people around the world will soon celebrate Earth Day, but for hundreds of New England’s dairy farmers, every day is Earth Day. We might take this Earth Day to salute the region’s dairy farmers for their original thinking and endless ingenuity.

Building bridges from manure to energy

The dairy industry with it's more than 9 million cows is largely an untapped energy source. Forward thinking farmers like Peter Melnik of Bar-Way Farm Inc. and energy developer Vanguard Renewables plan to change that.

Digester makes dairy farm super sustainable...

When spring arrives, farmer Peter Melnick says, he’ll be thrilled to be spreading a liquid fertilizer from the new million electricity- and heat-producing waste digester that’s getting ready for operation.

Nutrition experts predict sustainability ‘most important’ trend for 2017

Sustainability wins another vote for the “most important” trend to watch in 2017, followed closely by plant-based protein, according to a small, but well-educated group of nutrition experts, surveyed by Ketchum’s Global Food and Beverage Practice and supported by Ketchum Global Research and Analytics.

American Biogas Council 2016 Agricultural Project of the Year Awarded to Barstow’s Longview Farm Anaerobic Digester

The strategic partnership between Barstow’s Longview Farm, Vanguard Renewables, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, and Eversource features a Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered™ anaerobic digester

Why Anaerobic Digestion Is Becoming the Next Big Renewable Energy Source

“Anaerobic digestion is fascinating because it’s a relatively easy, natural way of turning a broad variety of complex waste into a simple fuel gas,” says David Babson, a technology manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office.

Barstow’s Longview Farm is Banking on its Anaerobic Digester

Massachusetts-based Barstow’s Longview Farm has focused on reducing input costs and capturing more value from their manure as part of their sustainability plan. At the heart of that plan is an investment with Vanguard Renewables in the construction and operation of a 600,000-gallon capacity anaerobic digester.

Congressman McGovern Tours Bar-Way Farm Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester Project

Congressman Jim McGovern toured Western Massachusetts farms this week Including Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield to gather information that will help him when hearings begin next year in Washington to re-authorize the federal farm bill.

Polar Beverages Legacy and Innovation Success

Americans’ newfound obsession with seltzer has led to unprecedented growth for Polar Beverages. Their success story is one of legacy & innovation, including purchasing the power for the company’s Worcester plant via net metering credits from the Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered anaerobic digester at Jordan Dairy Farm.

Farm Powered Partner Wachusett Brewing Company

Wachusett Brewing Company of Westminster, Massachusetts is a Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Partner. The brewing company purchases power from Vanguard's Jordan Dairy Farm anaerobic digester via net metering credits.

Barstow’s Longview Farm Honored by US Dairy

Barstow’s Longview Farm and Cabot Creamery Cooperative were recently honored with the 2016 US Dairy Sustainability Award. In partnership with Vanguard Renewables, the Barstow’s anaerobic digester produces enough energy to offset the power needed to make Cabot butter.

Deerfield’s Bar-Way Farm Anaerobic Digester to put Manure, Food Waste to Work

Vanguard Renewables and Bar-Way Farm, Deerfield, Mass. have partnered on a Farm Powered anaerobic digester project at the farm that will recycle manure and organic food waste to generate renewable energy as well as heat, hot water, and organic fertilizer for the farm.

Jordan Dairy Farm Anaerobic Digester Benefits the Farm and the Community

Randy Jordan of Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts talks to WCVB-TV Boston Chronicle about the Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered anaerobic digester and the benefits to his farm and the community in this segment called, “Waste Warriors: Big Bertha and the Freegan” that originally aired April 9, 2015 on Chronicle, WCVB-Boston. Watch

New Film Showcases ‘Forgotten’ Dairy Farms

Many dairy farms are struggling to survive and are often not considered a part of the “new food movement.” In this film, “Forgotten Farms” producer Sarah Gardner tells the story of the farms and the farmers that are the backbone of farming in New England.

Vanguard Renewables hosts Chilean Visitors at Bar-Way Farm Inc. AD Project

The Vanguard Renewables team hosted a group of visitors from Chile at the Bar-Way Farm Inc. Farm Powered anaerobic digester project under construction in Deerfield, Mass. The Chilean visitors are interested in constructing a similar CH4 anaerobic digester in Chile.

Farm Credit Celebrates 100 Years

Farm Credit East recognizes the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Farm Credit System and its story of commitment to agriculture and rural America. It also acknowledges the hard-working farmers, commercial fishermen and forest products producers that have enabled the System to reach this important milestone.

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