This farm’s cow poo is converted into renewable energy and produces enough electricity to power about 300 homes!
Vermont dairy farmers and brothers Reg and Mike Chaput have worked together for more than 30 years.
The 1,800-acre Chaput Family Farms in North Troy has been recognized over the years with numerous Milk Quality Awards and were awarded a Vermont Dairy of Distinction Award in 2007. In 2010 it also became the first dairy operation in Vermont to receive the Governor’s Award on Workplace Safety. The Chaputs were among the first Vermont dairy farmers to install a methane digester, which captures the gas from animal waste and uses it to generate electricity. They produce enough electricity to power about 300 homes. They were named the 2012 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year, being honored for their “sound management practices, outstanding herd performance and strong commitment to agriculture.”
Reg and Mike can claim credit for their sustainable farming approach and quality product, but the brothers won’t take sole credit. “Any successful business, whether it is a dairy or anything else, is dependent on good employees who work as a team and take pride in their work,” says Reg, “and we really feel that we have that here at Chaput Family Farms.”