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Cumberland County Conservation District Partners with Dickinson College

Dickinson College Farm received a $250,000 grant from the Cumberland County Conservation District for a dairy cattle facility as part of significant upgrades for the farm’s innovative biodigester project.

According to Matt Steiman, the farm’s livestock and energy projects manager, the biodigester system will process the manure from 150 local dairy cows plus two tons of food waste daily. The food waste will be sourced from places such as Dickinson’s dining services, Project SHARE, the Carlisle Area School District, and Molly Pitcher Brewing Company (from which the farm has already processed over 70,000 pounds of spent grain). It will generate about 200,000-300,000 kWh per year of renewable electricity. With that electricity, the farm will power its operations and the planned Farm Lab education facility and sell the remainder back to Met-Ed, a Pennsylvania-based power company. This undertaking is designed to be a roadmap for others to follow.

Click here to watch a short YouTube video on the project.