Earth Day 2022: Sustainability Today and Every Day
Oregon Dairy farmers are always thinking about ways they can work more sustainably. Why? Because, just like you, they want a better future for our planet. From using solar power on their farms to reducing water waste through closed loop systems to recycling manure into renewable energy – Oregon Dairy farmers are always seeking ways to create a more sustainable impact for the Earth.
Here are just a few ways that Oregon dairy farmers are putting sustainability at the forefront of their farms:
Rogue Creamery in Southern Oregon
• Uses solar energy for up to 30% of it’s energy needs
• Through it’s Nellie Green Pedal Power Program, employees are given a monthly bonus to use more sustainable forms of transportation to get to work
• Uses sustainable and recycled packaging to ship its products.
Check out more ways Rogue Creamery practices sustainability on their farm in this video:
Threemile Canyon Farms in Eastern Oregon
• Grew from 200 acres of organic farming in 2002 to 15,000 acres in 2020.
• Uses parts of the plants that it cannot process to feed it’s herd
• Waste from the dairy is recycled and turned into renewable gas
Find out more ways Threemile Canyon Farm conserves water use on their farm here:
Rickreall Dairy in Western Oregon
• Conserves water on it’s farm by recycling it three times before being used to irrigate it’s crops
• Recycles excess waste water from a local food processor
• Recycles composted manure solids in dry cow bedding
Tillamook Creamery in Western Oregon
• Invests in energy reduction projects that save up to 2.780 metric tons of CO2 annually
• Replaces old trucks with renewable gas / electric hybrid trucks
• Tillamook Visitor Center runs on power generated from biodigesters used on farms and other renewable energy sources
Dairy Farmers across the country are dedicated to a more sustainable future. Learn more about their goals to be Carbon Neutral by 2050 and how working sustainably is a way of life.