Assess and quantify the benefit of alternative and renewable energy for greenhouse operations

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $8,800.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: Northeast
State: Maryland
Project Leader:
John Shepley
Emory Knoll Farms, Inc.


  • Additional Plants: ornamentals


  • Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Many northeastern nursery and greenhouse operators are interested in using alternative and renewable energy sources to replace their current dependence on petroleum for heat. This project will assess the qualitative and quantitative benefits of installing and using an alternative energy system compared to a conventional heating system. Outreach will be through presentations, publications, and web sites.

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