Project objectives from proposal:
Freund’s Farm, Inc., is a 230 cow dairy in Northwest CT that has been operating a digester for 8 years with significant labor and maintenance burden. The digester is considered an integral part of the farm’s nutrient management plan and also provides heat to farm buildings. Additionally, the Freunds have embarked on the development of an innovative, value-added, off-farm product which could incorporate several digester outputs. This product family currently includes planting pots (“COWpots”) and weed barrier paper (“COWpaper”) which can be made from fibers, nutrients, and heat extracted from the digester.
The work involved in this project will provide a database of digester knowledge that will enable the consistent, reliable, repeatable performance of the digester by leveraging industrial data collection, quality control and systems engineering principles. The lessons learned from this project will be distributed to other farmers and interested parties through workshops, tours and publication.