Powering Your Farm Off the Grid: A Virtual Tour

A 1.3 kW solar array at Fox Creek Farm CSA

The Powering Your Farm Off the Grid - Virtual Tour will be on April 5, 2013 from Noon – 12:45pm with Raymond Luhrman of Fox Creek Farm, Schoharie, NY. Register to watch it online OR come to the Cattaraugus County Economic Development, Planning and Tourism conference room on the second floor of the County Center in Little Valley, NY.

Is it possible to operate a farm off-the-grid, and what are the challenges and opportunities? Raymond Luhrman will take us on a virtual tour of Fox Creek Farm and describe how his family operates their 350 member CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) operation from electricity produced right on site. The Lurhman’s have installed two 1.3 kW solar arrays and a Bergey XL1 wind turbine on a 100 foot tower.  Raymond will describe how he sited, sized, funded and installed these systems.  He’ll also present some additional energy conservation features of the farm, including the passive solar barn, and the CoolBot regulator that makes his walk-in cooler extra energy efficient. Aside from these technical aspects, he will also share thoughts on the challenges and opportunities that come with off-grid farming.

What are these Lunchtime Webinar Series on New Generation Energy?

Join the Cornell Small Farms Program online for a webinar series of farmer-led virtual tours and fun, informational tips for saving energy and converting to renewables on your farm or homestead!

This lunchtime webinar series will run from noon-12:45pm every Friday from March 29th through April 19th.  All of the webinars are free and open to the public.  To sign up, please complete and submit our New Generation Energy Webinar Sign-Up form.   You will receive an email approximately one week before your chosen webinar(s) providing a link and instructions for you to access the series.

We will be using WebEx to host this webinar series.  To use WebEx, all you will need are functioning speakers  (a sound card in your computer) and a good Internet connection – a cable modem or DSL are preferable, but dial-up, mobile wireless, and satellite Internet connections can also work.  If you have any questions about the Internet or hardware requirements necessary to use WebEx, please contact Hannah Koski at hpk23 [at] cornell.edu.

This is part of the 2013 Spring New Generation Energy Farmer-led Webinar Series: Sustainable Power for your farm or homestead by NE SARE and the Cornell Small Farms Program.

Dates: 
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm
Address: 
303 Court Street
Little Valley, NY 14755

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