Since 1958, the Boivin
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 & grain from the field.
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
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!
...worthy of warming your
interest to heating with corn...
our other forms of
fossil fuel, corn is an
annually renewable fuel,
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.
multi-fuel boiler heating systems can keep
your home, barn, garage, shop - and even your
greenhouse - toasty warm. And, they're
good for the environment, too!
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and high tunnels give vegetable
farmers a jump on the growing season
in the spring and protect against cold
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
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
Click on the corn
kernel to read the rest of the article!
Harvest BioFuel's Paul Boivin
seen giving a demonstration of a
outdoor boiler at Riverberry Farm in
GREENHOUSE HEATING PROGRAM
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
All eligible farms must be located in the former
service territory of Central Vermont
Public Service (CVPS).
Greenhouses that are chosen to participate in
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
Farms selected to take part in the program will be
on the following criteria:
· Proven record
as a successful greenhouse operator;
propane-heated greenhouses with overall heating
efficiency of 85% at
· Equipment owner
willing to pay at least half the cost of the
operator able and willing to actively participate
baseline & post-installation energy &
operator willing to consider additional
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 -
the plant based forms of biomass fuel, corn is
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 and 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)
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
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
is the state's award
quarterly magazine that's
dedicated to the ever-changing
production techniques and
value-added products provided
by many of the members of the
Vermont Farm Bureau!
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."
check-out the article, simply tap on either the
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
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
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.
used to burning wood, that alone is a
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
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.
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
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.
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
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,
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
The heat 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
And corn stoves are much more efficient than wood
so you get more heat!
At first glance, no one will even see that you are
but - outside, when the wind is right, they'll know...
as they'll notice the faint but sweet perfume of
in the air. This is in conspicuous contrast to the
billowing from a neighbor’s chimney.
Vermont Golden Harvest
available in two convenient forms...
• in easy-carry and store
and recyclable storage bags
and in bulk form.
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
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
We look forward to helping you
with your corn heating needs!
Sales: 5994 Goodrich Corner Road
Addison, Vermont 05491
6286 Goodrich Corner Road
Addison, Vermont 05491
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