Since 1958, the Boivin Family
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.
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 coal...
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!
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!
is reprinted with
permission - from
the January 2012
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.
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 giving
a demonstration of Central Boiler's
Maxim™ 250 at Riverberry Farm in
GREENHOUSE HEATING PROGRAM
Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of
Agriculture and the University of Vermont Extension
Agricultural Engineering Program, have launched a
targeted program that supports the installation of
automatic-feed, biomass heating systems for
which are designed to contribute significantly in
propane and fossil fuel consumption.
All eligible farms must be located in the former
service territory of Central Vermont
Public Service (CVPS).
Greenhouses that are chosen to
participate in the program will
receive reimbursement for 50% of the
project cost - up to $7,000!
The greenhouse operator will be paid the 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
on the following criteria:
· Proven record
as a successful greenhouse operator;
propane-heated greenhouses with overall heating
efficiency of 85%
· 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
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
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 a
meeting, please contact:
Paul Boivin, at either 802-475-4007 - or -
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
To learn more, visit their website at: www.nefcu.com
For information on
how to apply for
Home Improvement and Fuel Assistance Loans
call the Loan Phone Department, at:
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 & 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 your convenience, our corn comes in reusable
40-pound recycled bags.
Vermont Golden Harvest BioFuels was featured
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
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
or the the mini article page 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
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
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,
initial lighting, you do
NOT have to keep an eye on a corn stove, as it can run
unattended for at least 40-hours at low setting;
24 on a higher setting.
accustomed 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
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 a mix of carbon
dioxide & steam. The resulting CO2 is reabsorbed
by the corn plant during photosynthesis, resulting in
oxygen being placed back into the air.
kernel corn is said to be 99% efficient. That is, 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 stove 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 waste. And corn stoves
are much more efficient than wood stoves, so you get
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
Vermont Golden Harvest
available in two convenient forms...
• in easy-carry and store
reusable/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
Sales: 5994 Goodrich Corner Road
Addison, Vermont 05491
6286 Goodrich Corner Road
Addison, Vermont 05491
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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
has the unique distinction
of being the
only heating corn provider
just grow the fuel, but we
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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
in the first few years of use!
To see what your savings could mean
over a period of time, simply click on
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