Fort Hill Ag-Grid Digester

Fort Hill Farms, LLC is owned by the Orr family. This farm family currently has 3 generations working the land and farm. Kies Orr and Jared Lavack are primarily responsible for daily operations on the farm and all are strongly committed to sustainability practices in general, and this renewable energy venture, specifically.
Fort Hill Farms is presently milking over 200 cows in a standard milking parlor and expect a significant growth in their milking operations once the farm digester is built. Peter's main focus has been to grow the lands he owns and currently the farm has enough lands to allow him to expand his farm and be able to disperse manure and the contained nutrients on his own crop lands with ease and therefore positioned to produce food in a sustainable manner.
A sustainable dairy farm takes advantage of complex recycling of natural resources to produce food and with the co-generation of electricity and the virtual demise of the farm methane load in the process, the farm will become even a more positive contributor to the environment.
The farm currently employs 6 full-time and seasonal part-time people. The farm can ship up to 2000 gallons of milk each day to their dairy cooperative. In addition to the milking operation, they grow over 350 acres of corn and 250 acres of hay and alfalfa. These crops are used to feed their animals and are sometimes sold to other farmers in need. The farm currently has about one million gallons of manure storage.
Fort Hill Farms has partnered with Ag Grid LLC to form a Special Purpose Company, Fort Hill Ag-Grid LLC, for ownership of and investment in the digester system.

About Fort Hill Ag-Grid Anaerobic Digester

Fort Hill Ag-Grid LLC (FHAG) is a partnership between Ag-Grid Energy LLC (AGE) of Kennett Square,Pennsylvania and Fort Hill Farm of Thompson, Connecticut. We are setting up an anaerobic digester(AD) to recycle farm and food waste and to generate 450 kW of clean and renewable energy.
Recycle 10 tons of manure generated per day by approximately 350 cows and heifers on the farm
Recycle ~20,000 tons of food waste per year
Generate 3.5 Million kWhour of electricity per year using a 450 kW engine/generator
Reduce Millions of tons of CO2 emissions.

The Farm Team

Kies Orr


Jared Lavack


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COME & VISIT:
GRAND OPENING OF ROCKWOOD AG-GRID AND ROCKWOOD AG-GRID ORGANICS

Grand Opening of Rockwood Ag-Grid and Rockwood Ag-Grid Organics
We would like you to invite you to join us on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Rockwood Farms in Granville, MA for the grand opening of Rockwood Ag-Grid (Food Waste Anaerobic Digester) and Rockwood Ag-Grid Organics (Food Waste Depackager). The state-of-the-art anaerobic digester and depackager will officially be up and running, greening up energy production across the Commonwealth and improving the processing of liquid, packaged and solid food waste.

Rockwood Farms, located in Granville, is owned and operated by Richard and Douglas Woodger. They are 1st and 2nd generation family members, farming on this land since 1967. The family is strongly committed to sustainability practices and is excited to share this renewable venture with you.
The Rockwood Ag-Grid anaerobic digester recycles farm and food waste, generating 3.5 million kW hours of renewable energy annually, reducing millions of tons of CO2 emissions.
Rockwood Ag-Grid offers net metering credits for purchases from the anaerobic digester and benefits from savings on electricity bills. In western Massachusetts alone, 11 municipalities have joined this program.
Rockwood Ag-Grid Organics is expected to process 100 tons of packaged food waste every day. The state of the art depackager is Scott’s Thor System. This depackaging process will support the Commonwealth’s goal to remove more food waste from landfills.
 
The rapid pace of the climate crisis makes it clear that it will take each and every one of us to step up and make a change to reduce our carbon footprint immediately.
The grand opening celebration will include a speaking program, as well as a tour of the farm and the anaerobic digester and depakager. The event is by invitation only.
We appreciate your leadership and commitment to the environment and look forward to your participation at this significant event.

Come and visit!
OPEN HOUSE: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)
ADDRESS:
Rockwood Farms 355 Granby Road
Granville, Massachusetts 01034
 

We are planning on opening ceremony for the digester after Thanksgiving. Stay Tuned!
COME VISIT THE FARM:
OPEN HOUSE MARCH30th

Rockwood Ag-Grid has constructed a renewable energy project that uses dairy manure from Rockwood Farms and grease trap waste and dairy waste from local providers. The waste to energy project would provide electricity to Town of Granville and other towns in Western Massachusetts. We would like to extend an invitation to the residents of Granville for an open house on Saturday, March 30th 2019 from 12 noon to 3:00 pm at Rockwood Farms located at 355 Granby Road, Granville, MA. We would like to showcase our project and share information. We are very thankful for the support we have received from the officials and residents of Town of Granville.
Come stop by and visit!

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