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Since 1958, the Boivin Family Farm 
of Addison, Vermont has been
committed to producing only the finest
quality products, whether it was bulk
milk from our dairy herd - or hay,
seed and grain from the field.




Fifty years after we first started our dairy farm in the fertile basin of Vermont's Champlain Valley, we are still leaders in innovative farming, with our newest venture, Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels.  With our dairy herd days behind us, we've redirected our attention toward the production of our quality yield, field-grown products - and now offer soybean for pressing and cattle feed; the latest variety of organic and pesticide resistant canola (Vermont KAB-36); as well as our 10% - 12% moisture content shelled heating corn, as a cost effective fuel source!


Here's a little kernel 
of knowledge... 

...worthy of warming your 
interest to heating with coal...


Unlike our other forms of 
fossil fuel, corn is an 
annually renewable fuel

and that...



It takes approximately 40 million years 
to create fossil fuels (gas, coal, oil)...



It takes roughly 40 years for a tree 
to grow to maturity...



But, it only takes 4 MONTHS 
to grow corn!
 




Click on the heat calculator below to
download a handy Excel spreadsheet
that's designed to help you see the real value
of establishing your own environmentally
friendly and carbon neutral independence
from fossil fuels...




 












Our Central Boiler® biomass heating systems can keep your home, barn, garage, shop - and yes, your greenhouse - toasty warm.  What's more, they good for the environment, too!


The following article is reprinted with permission - from the January 2012 issue of



Greenhouses and high tunnels give vegetable farmers a jump on the growing season in the spring and protect against cold temperatures in the fall. In northern climates, extending the season significantly for warm-season crops comes at a cost: some kind of a heating system. The vast majority of such systems burn fossil fuels like heating oil or propane. However, in recent years, more and more farmers have been experimenting with renewable fuels such as wood, wood chips, used vegetable oil or shell corn.

In Vermont, Massachusetts and elsewhere, cooperative extension has obtained and provided some cost share funds for growers to help them try out renewable energy heating systems. The ultimate goal is to help growers save money on heating costs while at the same time reducing reliance on fossil fuels. In response, some growers have installed shell corn furnaces, in part because there are nearby farms that produce that fuel at a reasonable cost. However, as is often the case with new technologies, there can be a pretty steep learning curve associated with switching heating systems.


Click on the corn kernel to read the rest of the article!





Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuel's Paul Boivin seen
giving a demonstration of Central Boiler's Maxim™ 250
at Riverberry Farm in Fairfax, VT.


BIOMASS GREENHOUSE HEATING PROGRAM

Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels is participating in a targeted program that supports the installation of automatic-feed, biomass heating systems for greenhouses,which are designed to contribute significantly in reducing propane and fossil fuel consumption.

All eligible farms must be located in the former electric

service territory of Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS).

Greenhouses that are chosen to participate in this unique
program will
receive reimbursement for 50% of
the project cost - up to $7,000!


Greenhouse operators taking part in the program will be paid their incentive within 30 days of submitting proof that the equipment was paid for, installed and is operable.

Farms selected to take part in the program will be based
on the following criteria:

· Proven record as a successful greenhouse operator;

· Existing propane-heated greenhouses with overall heating efficiency of 85% at most;

· Equipment owner willing to pay at least half the cost of the equipment;

· Equipment operator able and willing to actively participate in collecting baseline & post-installation energy & equipment data;

· Greenhouse operator willing to consider additional
energy saving opportunities.

A typical 250,000-BTU-per-hour input system will cost $13,000
(installed) and can result in annual net fuel cost savings of $900 in
a March-June greenhouse operation. The above savings assume fuel prices of $3.00 per gallon for propane, $250 per ton for wood pellets or $300 per ton for corn (at $6.00 per 40 lb bag).

A biomass heating system can also result in a net reduction of carbon emissions roughly equivalent to 5,000 miles of car travel. When considering the incentive provided by this program a payback period of seven years is possible. Payback periods
at other prices is provided in the table below:



For additional information, or to schedule an
on-site meeting, please
contact: Paul Boivin
at either
802-475-4007 - or - pboivin@gmavt.net


 

New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) is a member-owned financial institution serving communities in the six counties of northwestern Vermont. We are the largest Credit Union in Vermont.

Anyone who lives, works or attends school in the six counties of northwestern Vermont is eligible for membership. We understand
that a local, Vermont-based financial institution can only be as
strong as the communities which it serves. Therefore, we are
actively engaged in community events and programs
that help to improve the overall quality of life here.

To learn more, visit their website at: www.nefcu.com

For information on how to apply for
Home Improvement and Fuel Assistance Loans
visit:

www.nefcu.com/personal/loans_and_visa/loans/personal_loans.html

...or, call the Loan Phone Department, at: 800-400-8790!




Of all the plant based forms of biomass fuel, corn is nature’s natural
and most efficient solar energy collector. Corn stores the sun’s energy in little golden nuggets, and when burned, it releases that heat when you need it most - at night & throughout the winter. Corn is carbon neutral and more affordable than fossil fuels (which are finite, once the supply is gone - it’s gone)!  Unlike fossil fuels,
corn is also annually renewable, as it's able to be grown (replenished) - every year.

Harvested and dried to 10% -12% moisture content to - insure the most optimum heat output, our corn passed through a unique series of screening processes in order to reduce the dust 
and chaff commonly found with 
other biomass fuels.  

 


During packaging, as the kernels
fall into our bags, we run a final vacuuming process to remove any remaining fine material, which
is great news to anyone who is
 allergic to airborne particulates.

For ease of use, our corn comes in reusable 40lb. recycled bags.




Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels was featured in

Vermont Fences is the state's award winning quarterly magazine that's dedicated to the ever-changing production techniques and value-added products provided by Vermont Farm Bureau members!

 



To quote Tim Buskey, 
"When conventional dairy farming began to look tenuous, Mark and Paul Boivin of No-Mon-Ne Farm in Addison, made a plan.  Their plan would use the resource at their fingertips to grow a renewable product and provide an energy future for their area and Vermont.  With the help of the Vermont Farm Viability Enhancement Program, they developed that business plan and went on to win a grant to sustain their new business venture."
  

To check-out the article, simply tap on either the magazine
cover, or the the mini article page shown above.




With over three quarters of a million alternative heating appliances already in US homes, it's obvious that concern 
over the recent fluctuations in oil futures has motivated a 
growing number to seek lower-cost alternative to fuels such as natural gas, propane, coal, and even wood.  Yet, contrary to the above mentioned fuels, only corn burns clean and efficiently, and does not release dangerous 
chemicals into the air. 


Corn-burning stoves, furnaces and boilers
are easy to use and maintain. Simply pour our corn into the hopper, light the fire, and go on about your day's activities!



Just "set it and forget it!" 
Unlike a wood stove that requires babysitting after 
initial lighting, you do NOT have to keep an eye on a corn stove, furnace or boiler, as they can run unattended for at least 40 hours at low setting, and up to 24 hours on a higher setting.  

To anyone used to burning wood,  that alone is a luxury!  


Unlike ordinary fossil fuels, corn burning does not add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, as it is "carbon neutral".  Did you know that nearly all types of fuel (coal, oil, propane or natural gas) that you currently burn to heat your home releases carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the most common greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming?

Bottom line:
Heating with renewable resources, such as corn, lessons our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.  In fact, heating an average home with corn can save enough nonrenewable fossil fuel to operate an automobile for an entire year! What's more, when you burn corn, it releases no more CO2 - than the
corn plant absorbed while it was still growing. 

Actually, a corn kernel releases LESS CO2 (carbon dioxide) than it absorbed during its entire growth period (from planting to harvest) - because much of it is still stored in the plant stalk and the roots in the ground. Compare that to burning fossil fuels, where all the stored-up CO2 is released - creating more global warming pollution.  Since most corn burning units use the oxidizing
method, the smoke is virtually odorless and is mainly a mix
of carbon dioxide and steam. The resulting CO2 is
reabsorbed by the corn plant during photosynthesis,
resulting in oxygen being placed back into the air.

Heating with kernel corn
is said to be 99% efficient. In other words, on average, roughly one pound of ash remains from burning 100 pounds of fuel-corn, and that's considerably less than the amount of ash usually left from an equivalent quantity of burned firewood.  

Another perk to using corn to heat, rather than wood, or even wood pellets - is that there is no need to clean the chimney each year. In fact, you don't even need a conventional chimney. A corn stoves can be situated free standing - and without a hearth next to an outside wall. All that's really required is metal insulated dryer-type vent. 

What's it going to cost me...?
Unless you have handy access to your own woodlot, corn costs less to burn. A renewable resource, corn can be replaced in just four months’ time (depending on location and season). Compare that to 40 years replacement time for trees, and millions of years for oil, and you have one of America’s largest and least expensive resources. It takes just 2 bushels of corn to produce one million BTUs of heat, at an average cost of $11.53. Producing that much heat by burning wood, for example, costs on average, $17.34.  

For the most current cost savings comparisons, please 
click on the Heat Calculator at the bottom of the left column!


And, if you needed further incentive to switch from the more traditional forms of heating - to heating with corn...
The h
eat from wood stoves can’t be easily as controlled as that from a corn stove, so there is some waste of heat. (Fireplaces are notoriously worse, as they might be nice to look at, but they actually suck the heat right out of a house & send it up the chimney!)  Newer model corn stoves are designed to feed the burn unit automatically - with the exact amount of fuel required
to produce heat at a pre-set temperature. There’s no waste.
And corn stoves are much more efficient than wood stoves,
so you get more heat!


At first glance, no one will even see that you are burning corn,
but - outside, when the wind is right, they'll know...
as they'll notice the faint but sweet perfume of cooking corn
in the air. This is in conspicuous contrast to the smoke
billowing from a neighbor’s chimney. 

 Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels
corn is available in two convenient forms...

in easy-carry and store 40-pound
reusable/recyclable storage bags

and in bulk form. 

Locally available on-site, or delivered to your door - for FREE - within Addison and Chittenden Counties in Vermont
(Deliveries to outlying areas of Upstate New York and Vermont are billed accordingly.)


For questions or to order your heating corn...

We can be reached via any of the following email,
fax or direct addresses: 
 
...and ask for either Paul or Mark.  
We look forward to helping you
with your corn heating needs! 





Sales:
5994 Goodrich Corner Road  Addison, Vermont 05491

Plant: 6286 Goodrich Corner Road  Addison, Vermont 05491

 
Office: 802-475-4007  •  FAX: 802-475-2494
  
www.VTbiofuels@gmavt.net
   •  pboivin@gmavt.net

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Our Central Boiler biomass heating systems can keep your home, barn, garage shop & greenhouse toasty warm, save you money - and are good for the environment, too!


Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels
proudly offers two sizes of multi-fuel hoppers: our STANDARD 48 bushel and the MEGA
96 bushel - which offers up to 2+ weeks of additional continuous feeding of your
Maxim 250 biomass boiler. 


Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels
has the unique distinction of being the
only heating corn provider that doesn't
just grow the fuel, but we also offer
the best selection of American made
corn stoves,
indoor corn boilers and
furnaces,
outdoor multi-fuel (corn
and wood pellet)
boilers and hoppers
from the following manufacturers:













 

Thinking about an Outdoor Wood Pellet and Corn Multi-Fuel Furnace?  Central Boiler® offers PLENTY of incentives to do so this year, and the savings make it really affordable, now more than ever!  Their Maxim™ 250 Outdoor Furnace can heat 100% of your home and hot water.  By reducing your heating cost, a Maxim™ system can often pay for itself
in the first few years of use!

To see what your savings could mean
over a period of time, simply click on
the Energy Savings Calculator below!



Click on the image below to see how easy it is to install a Maxim™ Central Boiler®.



To see the Maxim™ 250 multi-fuel outdoor boiler in action, click on the image below.




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