Audet's Blue Spruce Farm

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Audet's Blue Spruce Farm

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Blue Spruce Farm, one of @CabotCoop's farm family owners, turns cow manure into electricity for over 300 VT homes http://bit.ly/sTD5pS

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Audet's Blue Spruce Farm located in Bridport, VT, and one of Cabot's farm family owners, is a leader in on-farm renewable energy.  They are best-known for being one of the pioneering Cow Power farms in the state of Vermont.  The Audets are a three-generation farm family, with a proud tradition of caring for their animals, their land, and each other.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 2:00pm

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Blue Spruce Farm has been in operation for more than half a century.  In 1958, Norman and Mary-Rose Audet were married and established their farm in Bridport, VT.  They soon began raising a family of five, who would follow in their parents’ footsteps to work the 3,000-acre piece of land with views of the Green Mountains to the east, and the Adirondacks to the west.

This family farm has become a national leader in both recycling and bioenergy.  Working with Central Vermont Public Service Company (CVPS), Blue Spruce Farm was the pilot farm for CVPS’s “Cow Power” system.  This process turns cow waste into energy, allowing the farm to provide more than 300 local Vermont families with electricity.
 
In 2007, CVPS and the Audet Family received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for their work in renewable energy.  Blue Spruce Farm was also featured on Planet Green's television series, Dean of Invention, in an episode about renewable energy from animal and human waste. 
 
In addition to being renewable energy experts, the Audets are also avid recyclers.  The nutrient-rich byproducts from the Cow Power Process are used as fertilizer for the land, and the safe and odorless solid matter that remains is used as bedding for the cows, putting all components to good stewardship use.
 
The Audets are also involved in dairy policy, helping to found Dairy Farmers Working Together in 2006.
 
The farm is also featured in a publication by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which features success stories of sustainable dairy businesses (page 8-9).
 
Learn more about how Blue Spruce Farm is a leading member of our farmer-owned dairy cooperative.  It is farm families like this that make Cabot special.
 
Cabot Creamery is a cooperative owned by dairy farm families throughout New England and New York.  We’re pleased to introduce you to our farmer/owners to learn of their efforts in stewardship and sustainability for dairy farming.

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Keywords: Energy | Audet | Blue Spruce Farm | Cabot Creamery | Cow Power | Dairy Farm | farm | renewable energy

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