What We Do

Farm Powered Organics to Energy Lifecycle solves food waste challenges and supports the American farmer

The American farmer is in significant trouble. With milk prices at below production cost and energy and operational costs soaring, farmers are looking for innovative solutions to sustain family farms for future generations. The Vanguard Renewables, Farm Powered Organics to Energy Anaerobic Digester program offers farmers relief from rising energy costs and manure disposal challenges. It offers food manufacturers, food retailers, businesses, and institutions an organics recycling solution that complies with waste bans and provides the opportunity to help a local farm.

How it works

A zero-waste closed loop lifecycle, the Farm Powered Organics to Energy Lifecycle combines food-based organic waste and farm manure for the environmentally sustainable production of renewable energy and other valuable by-products.

Our facilities
Bar-Way Farm, Inc.
Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester at Bar-Way Farm, Inc. in Deerfield, Massachusetts was constructed in 2016. It features a 660,000-gallon capacity anaerobic digester tank and will co-digest 9,125 tons of manure and 36,500 tons of organic food waste annually. This offsets 5,500 lbs. of CO2 emissions daily. The 7,700 MWh of renewable energy produced by the Deerfield AD system is equivalent to the needs of 1,600 homes.

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Barstow's Longview Farm
Barstow’s Longview Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts is a seventh-generation family farm, founded in the early 1800s. The farm is a member of the the Cabot Creamery/Agri-Mark Cooperative. To sustain the farm for future generations, the Barstow family pursued an opportunity to house one of the first anaerobic digesters in New England on the farm.

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Crescent Farm
Construction is underway on a new Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester project at Crescent Farm in Haverhill, Mass. The project is a cooperative farm venture between Crescent Farm in Haverhill, Mass. where the digester will be hosted, and Shaw Farm in Dracut, Mass.

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Jordan Dairy Farms
Jordan Dairy Farms in Rutland, Massachusetts is a six-generation family farm, founded in 1885. The farm is a member of the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Cooperative. Operated by brothers Randy and Brian Jordan, the farm has survived despite an extraordinary decline in dairy farm numbers across Massachusetts.

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Your food waste is our feedstock!

Your waste is our feedstock - Geissler


Food waste producers have choices when deciding how to comply with organic waste regulations. Choosing the Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Organics to Energy solution is the choice that solves your food waste challenges and helps sustain a family farm. We safely and cleanly combine organic food waste and agricultural waste and process them using anaerobic digestion into Farm Powered renewable energy. As Randy Jordan of Jordan Dairy Farm says, “It’s a win win for everybody.”

  • Converts the energy potential in manure and food waste into renewable energy
  • Provides low-cost energy, organic fertilizer, and free heat and hot water to the farm
  • Bugs digest manure and food waste and create burnable methane for farm-based generators
  • Generates Renewable Natural Gas or Renewable Electricity
  • Reduces farm odor and groundwater contamination
  • Digestate fertilizer by-product increases crop yields and local food production

We offer a safe, certifiable organic waste solution

Feedstock suppliers get a customized food waste collection and recycling plan. And, help sustain a family farm.

  • Safe, certifiable organic food waste recycling
  • Reduces odor and pests
  • Increases Sustainability Index
  • Enhances brand attributes

Farm Powered organics recycling and renewable energy production solves food waste challenges, generates renewable energy, and sustains farms.

Farmers get a professionally managed odor-free waste solution, low-cost energy, and fertilizer to increase farm crop yields.

  • Safe, completely enclosed anaerobic digestion process
  • Professionally managed on site and with 24/7 monitoring
  • Generates clean, renewable energy and minimizes farm odor
  • Sustains the farm for future generations


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