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Making a Difference
Thursday April 07th 2011, 8:31 pm
Filed under: Artisan Cheese & Deli

We love learning more about companies who do the right thing, so, on a recent visit to the Crave Brother’s Dairy Farm…boy oh boy, were we impressed.  The Crave Brothers are making a difference in their community by using an interesting alternative energy source—manure. 

Check out some pictures from our recent visit to the farm: 


Learn more—Sustainability Story from Crave Brothers website:

“Our computer controlled anaerobic digestion system generates enough electricity to power our farm, cheese factory, and 300 area homes.

Owned and installed by Clear Horizons, a Wisconsin firm that specializes in organic waste management solutions and biogas energy systems, it is computer controlled over the Internet from the company’s office in Milwaukee.

Anaerobic (oxygen-free) digestion is a biological process in which microorganisms break down organic waste in a process that ultimately produces gas, mainly methane with some carbon dioxide. This gas can be burned just like natural gas, thus generating energy.

The digester helps manage our farm’s manure, it provides clean, renewable energy for the farm, and produces excess electricity, which Clear Horizons sells on the grid.

The digester reduces odor from the manure and also provides some saleable products. We use the liquid byproducts as fertilizer on our fields and the solid byproducts (dry organic matter) are used as animal bedding and in a line of organic potting soil.”

We offer the packaged Classic Fresh Mozzarella and when available, we have the Les Frère Farmstead Classics.

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I’ve visited both facilities (Widmer’s and Crave Brothers) myself and was amazed. Both of these facilities are family owned and operated and both have won several awards. I strongly suggest trying their cheeses.

Comment by Koen 04.15.11 @ 10:39 pm

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