Going Green With Ontario's Help
McGuinty Government Supports Northern Farm’s Energy Conversion Effort
Ontario is helping a family farm on Manitoulin Island save money by recycling waste into biofuel.
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) has approved funding of $4,320 to Burt Farms in Gore Bay to implement this conversion project. The funding helped buy equipment to produce bio diesel, which is now powering farming machinery. Funding is from the NOHFC's Northern Energy Program.
Using bio diesel is decreasing Burt Farms' reliance on fossil fuel sources, reducing operating costs and the farm's environmental footprint.
- Bio diesel can be made from substances such as used fryer oil and animal fat, turning a waste stream into a valuable fuel source.
- Max Burt was a recipient of the 2006 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation and Excellence for Burt Farms, an integrated farming operation that includes beef, hog, poultry production, processing and marketing.
“I am delighted that our government can support farm operators who are very conscious of the energy they use and vigilant in their efforts to tap new technologies.”
“This is a perfect example of the NOHFC’s Northern Energy Program supporting the introduction of greener energy supply options in the North.”