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October 19, 2012

Renewable Energy in the Pasture

From 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Have you been considering transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy on your farm or homestead? Kevin and Christine Fuess, of Fuess Meadows Organic Dairy, 7874 Water Street Oriskany Falls, New York are opening their farm to the public to show you how. Kevin and Christine will offer a tour of the sustainable energy features on their pasture-based organic dairy.

Kevin and Christine Fuess use multiple energy and ecological conservation strategies on their 100 acre organic dairy. In early 2012, they worked with the company “Earth, Wind and Solar” to install a 10KW Bergey Wind Turbine. The Fuesses took advantage of grants and tax credits available to farmers and rural businesses so that the costs associated with the purchase and installation were affordable. The Fuesses also conserve water by using pre-cooler water to supply fresh drinking water to their pastures. Their herd of 40-50 milking cows is rotated though one acre sections of pasture. Each lot has its own supply of fresh water piped through a network of tubing for all the grazed pastures. Another method of land conservation for the farm is the recent installation of a French Drain which aids in managing waste. If you’re interested in wind power or sustainable energy for a small dairy, this field day is for you!

The farm energy field day is free and open to the public! Refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, with funding through Northeast SARE. To register for the event call 607-255-9227 or register at To obtain a map and/or directions to the farm log on to http://

Square Dance

From 7:30PM to 10:00PM

The Schoharie Valley Hayshakers will hold a mainstream level western square dance at the Middleburgh High School cafeteria. The dance theme is Halloween.

The caller is Ray Taylor and the cuer is Dolores Randall.

*Please wear soft sole shoes*