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12Jun2011: Cottage Farm Open Day for Farmers

12Jun2011: Cottage Farm Open Day for Farmers

Calling farmers in North Cornwall/Devon: come and see how Cottage Farm have reduced their energy bills to near zero and how you can make similar savings on your farm.

The key areas to be explored will be

a) the use of renewable energy technology to displace utilities, save money and become less dependent on ever more expensive oil-based energy

b) the use of on-farm produced biodiesel made from either waste or home grown vegetable oil to displays all fossil fuels for transport and farm machinery.

c) the use of deep rooted perennial fodder crops, such as switchgrass, cocksfoot, meadow fescue, lucerne, chicory, yarrow perennial red clover and others to produce more fodder without the use of fertilisers and to withstand both dry and wet periods.

As part of the National Superhomes scheme (www.Superhomes.org.uk), Cottage Farm will be opening its doors to the farming public.

Cottage Farm is an organic sustainable farm raising native breeds and selling produce locally. It is powered by renewable energy with near zero use of fossil fuels, having reduced its carbon emissions by over 100% (as assessed by the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust), greatly reduced its utilities bills and practicing carbon neutral living and farming.

Visitors will be able to see and ask questions about
· the various energy saving steps taken
· the various methods of renewable energy generation employed and its benefits
· organic farming methods, which are now becoming cheaper than conventional farming, and localised sustainable food production

Programme
Arrival time: 14:00 - 14:30 Start time: 14:30

14:00 - 14:30 - coffee and cake
14:30 - 15:15 - presentation and questions – what we do, why we do it and what are the benefits (as given at Royal Agricultural College, various conferences and also in the House of Commons to a group of MPs and visitors)
15:30 - 16:00 - The Low Energy House tour: insulation, devices, water heating, space heating, heat store
16:00 - 17:00 - External tour: PV panels, wind turbine, solar thermal panels, wood processing, bore hole water, bio diesel production
17:00 - 18:00 - Organic farm walk: sheep, cattle, geese, wood, hedges and trees, orchard, grasses and other fodder plants and more

Attendance will be limited to 16 participants, so it is essential to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please book here: http://www.sustainable-energyacademy.org.uk/superhomes/cottage-farm-jaco... and click on 'Register Online'. Alternatively, send us an email at Cottage.Farm@tiscali.co.uk, stating number of people attending, names and address.

Looking forward to welcoming you
Paul & Celia