Benjamin’s Riverview Farm is a 2nd generation farm located in Franklin, VT. In 1943, the original family started out with 12 cows, and then with their first addition in ’83 they expanded to 100 cows, and now house 555 mature free-stall cows today.
Riverview Farm is able to produce electricity, heat and bedding for its animals, thanks to its biodigester that allows them to produce electricity sold to the local grid. The anaerobic digester is designed and constructed by Bio-Methatech, a joint venture between BM in Canada and LIPP Systems in Germany.
IFES Number: 85
Type of Firm: Farm
Main Products: Dairy
Size of Firm: 555 cows; 1000 total acres
Ownership Type: private
Year Installed: 2013
Energy Feedstock: Manure from 650 cows; Bunker spoilage + 2x 3400 gallons of Ben and Jerry’s waste 2x/week
Energy Produced: 657,413 kWh (Net to grid 2014)
New co-products: Bedding (they sell to two other farms); Compost (they sell 4000 ft^3/month to farms)
TCO2 Eq Avoided: 1,480 metric tons CO2E/yr