Lancaster County farm wins national award

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Oregon Dairy recently received a major national award.

The Manheim Township farm, which is also home to a popular grocery store, has been selected as a winner of this year’s U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards.

The award is presented by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

Oregon Dairy boasts a number of renewable elements. There are solar panels on the top of the grocery store, which helps with 15 percent of its power. There are also giant compost piles for food and manure, which becomes natural fertilizer. The farm also has a robust methane digester to convert manure to electricity.

The methane digester produces enough electricity to power the entire farm.

“Kind of a poop to power,” Maria Forry with Oregon Dairy Farm said.

“Things like this are a high priority for us because we want to be sustainable. We are taking care of the environment, that’s a huge thing for us on the farm, to take care of our cows and to take care of the environment. We live here, we drink the water, we eat food that comes off the land, that’s why it’s such a high priority,” she added.

The farm is home to 500 cows and produces roughly $75,000 worth of electricity annually.

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