Rockwood Ag-Grid Digester

Rockwood Farm is owned by Richard C. and Mary Woodger Rockwood Farm was started in 1969. Richard Mary’s two sons are active members in the operation and will have vested interest in the renewable energy venture. Specifically, Dan Woodger is slated to operate and manage the system once operational.
The dairy is presently milking 300 cows with 300 replacements in all stages. The farm has 5 full time employees and ships 23,000 lbs. of milk daily. In addition to the milking operation, the farm actively grows 500 acres of corn and 280 acres of hay. Both of these crops are harvested to feed the cows. Farm has storage facility for 1.2 million gallons of manure.
Rockwood Farm has partnered with Ag Grid LLC to form a special purpose Company, Rockwood-Ag Grid LLC, for ownership of and investment in the digester system installation.

About Rockwood Ag-Grid Anaerobic Digester

Rockwood Ag-Grid LLC (RAG) is a partnership between Ag-Grid Energy LLC (AGE) of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and Rockwood Farms of Granville, Massachusetts. 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 15 tons of manure generated per day by approximately 600 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

Richard Woodger


Richard Woodger holds a degree in agriculture from Stockbridge College and is a former member of Agri-Mark board of directors. But, he did not belong to the dairy farming world in the beginning. Richard always felt a kinship to the land and farming on it. He started his journey out humbly as a young man by borrowing money to purchase a few cows and rent a little bit of land. Through his hard work and ethics he has turned his choice to farm into a successful lifestyle. Today his farm has 600 head of cattle over his large farm, out of which they milk round 350 of them. Even though everyday is long and challenging, Richard is proud of his accomplishment and is happy to point out that his work brings safe, healthy food to the world. The thought brings him the kind of satisfaction like nothing else can.
What drives him even further is the knowledge that his son Doug who works the farm with him and his other son Dan who lives next door and helps in excavation and mechanical repairs, are both going to succeed him in farming. And he needs to create a better and a more economically lasting structure for them to carry on.

Dan Woodger

Daniel Woodger started his professional career with Spencer Turbine as a Computer Draftsman. But even then he was more inclined toward the mechanical aspect of things. Over that course of time, he began to own and operate large machines and equipments like wheel loader and wash plants in the use of golf industry. Not happy with resting on his laurels Daniel Woodger decided to expand his business to mulch and compost delivery in 1997. After nine long years of handling various operations Daniel finally decided to transition to the energy market taking a position of Operations Manager in Rockwood Ag-Grid Energy in 2017.
In Rockwood Ag-Grid he handles day to day management of operations during and after construction of farm digesters. He wants to further utilize his expertise of Mechanical Engineering to further enhance the engineering and constructions of anaerobic digesters and to revolutionize operations and management of the system.


Updates

Construction Update- DIgester getting built

Air permit granted Sep 15th 2017 for Rockwood Ag-Grid LLC Digester will produce enough renewable energy to light up 320 US homes and divert 20,000 tons of organic waste from landfills
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Events

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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