Sunrise Farm is working to build the physical infrastructure needed to compost food scraps from the community to build healthy soil on the farm, divert food waste from the landfill, and strengthen the connections between the farm and community.
In July 2020, Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law will go into effect for all Vermont residents. Organic waste — including an estimated 197.5 million pounds of edible food and food scraps, and leaf and yard debris, will no longer be accepted with the trash. This is an incredible opportunity to stop thinking about “waste” and start thinking about “resources”, to keep valuable nutrients in our community and build economic, environmental, and social resilience! To achieve this vision in the Upper Valley, Sunrise Farm in White River Junction is creating an on-farm compost system that will take in food waste from the community and transform it into compost that will be incorporated into the farm’s soil to grow more vegetables that further nourish the community.
Good compost is at the heart of every organic vegetable farm. Sunrise Farm, now in its 20th year of operation, has been composting its own animal and vegetable waste since day one. But the farm hasn’t accepted food scraps from the community because the farm’s rough-and-ready compost system (large outdoor piles turned occasionally with a tractor) isn’t suitable for general food waste, which requires more active management.
Vermont’s recycling law, combined with an expanding vegetable business and need for more compost, creates the perfect opportunity to close this loop. The farm will become a food-waste drop off point, both for its more than 300 CSA members and for Willow Tree Community Compost (see below.) The farm will build facilities, including fencing and a tractor-operated batch/bin management system, that will allow the food waste to be mixed with other organic matter (wood chips, leaves, animal manure) and brought up to a high temperature that quickly transforms into compost that is ready for spreading on the farm’s fields and in the greenhouses.
Sunrise Farm will be working with Grow More, Waste Less Food Systems Consulting LLC to assist with facility design and process management and to produce educational materials so that this project can serve as a model for other communities and farms across Vermont.
This campaign is moving in tandem with Willow Tree Community Compost’s campaign (http://c-fund.us/o23) which aims to expand their curbside food scraps pickup service in the White River Junction, Wilder, and Hartford Village neighborhoods and deliver it to Sunrise Farm for composting. Keep your eye out for complementary rewards between our two campaigns, and if you donate to both campaigns you will be entered into a raffle to win a $300 gift card to Skinny Pancake! Two winners will be randomly drawn from those who donate any amount to both campaigns. Closing the loop takes collaboration!
Please donate now and spread our message across your networks!
Thank you note and a fun collection of stickers from project partners
Every little bit helps!
1 month of curbside foodscrap pickup from Willow Tree
A chance to try out Willow Tree Community Compost's service to see how simple composting can be.
*Must live in the service area — Wilder, White River Junction, Hartford Village
Sunrise Farm Tote Bag
Perfect for carrying home your vegetables.
Sunrise Farm T-Shirt
Show off your support.
A stylish match with a winter hat from the Willow Tree campaign (http://c-fund.us/o23) Plus, donors to both campaigns will be entered into a raffle for an exciting additional prize.
$100 Gift Card to Skinny Pancake
The Skinny Pancake supports local farms and businesses in building a more sustainable food system. Enjoy $100 worth of delicious crepes and more!
2 whole Sunrise Farm pasture-raised chickens, perfect for a winter dinner. Available in June 2020.
Home Compost Consult with Grow More, Waste Less
We know some of you may want to compost in your own backyard... here's a chance to get your composting questions answered by Cat Buxton of Grow More, Waste Less consulting.
(Need a bin built too? Willow Tree can build you one for a donation to their campaign (http://c-fund.us/o23). Plus, donors to both campaigns will be entered into a raffle for an exciting additional prize.)
Indoor Lesson on Backyard Composting
Arrange an indoor slide presentation for your community or group this winter with Cat Buxton of Grow More, Waste Less consulting. Perfect if you can't wait until the snow melts to learn more about compost!
One pasture-raised lamb from Sunrise Farm, butchered and wrapped to your specifications. Available in July 2020.
1/2 CSA Share
As a token of our thanks, enjoy a half share of the Sunrise Farm CSA for the 2020 season (May-October). Our CSA is market-style, meaning more choice for you - when you walk into the barn for pickup, you'll see that morning's harvest on display as if you were at a farmers' market. We'll let you know how many items to choose, and you get to decide which vegetable to take home.
Full CSA Share
A full share of the Sunrise Farm CSA for the 2020 season (May-October)! Our CSA is market-style, meaning more choice for you - when you walk into the barn for pickup, you'll see that morning's harvest on display as if you were at a farmers' market. We'll let you know how many items to choose, and you get to decide which vegetable to take home.
We're well underway!
We’re well underway with the campaign, thanks to more than 40 of you! I’m so excited about this project because it’s going to really enhance the soil fertility at Sunrise. We’ll combine our own veggie waste (like the spent tomato plants, below…) with food waste from you to create a high-quality finished product that will work great in our certified-organic production system. Thanks for contributing!
Letter from the Vermont Farm to Plate Network
Sarah here from the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, a statewide initiative to strengthen Vermont’s food system, increase access to local food, and help farms and other food system businesses provide environmental benefit to the state. I want to thank you all for your amazing support so far and let you know what it means to us on a statewide level.
Vermont needs more local composting options! Our state is a trailblazer in keeping food out of the landfill. Even better, we’re fundamentally shifting the way we view food scraps, from treating them as “waste” that needs to be managed to recognizing them as a valuable resource. But fulfilling this vision requires increasing composting capacity with innovative models. We’re particularly excited about on-farm composting because it returns these valuable nutrients to our soil to grow more local food, and local collection services are a key piece of the puzzle to make this possible.
The Farm to Plate Network is so excited to support Willow Tree Community Composting and Sunrise Farm as they “close the loop” locally. Not only will your contributions allow them to serve more households directly, but their partnership and the systems they create will be a model for other small businesses. The F2P Network is committed to sharing their story, and the story of the community support that makes it possible, to spark similar solutions in communities around the state.
At this time of year when Americans generate three times more food waste than normal, and as 2020’s landfill ban rapidly approaches, please consider donating to these campaigns. If you can’t donate, or already have, please help us spread the word!
Thanks again, to Jen, Chuck, and everyone working to support them, and we’re so excited to see what grows in Hartford.
-Sarah Danly, Farm to Plate Network Manager
Campaign is wrapped up
Hello friends and supporters:
We wrapped up the compost campaign at the end of December, and we’re feeling great about our progress to date. We had 56 donors, and though we only reached about half of our original money goal, we’re very happy about the breadth of support. We’ve never undertaken a crowd-sourcing campaign before, and perhaps we just set the original goal too high.
Going forward, we’ve made it to the final round for a Working Lands Business Grant from the State of Vermont. We’ve applied for $20,000, which, in combination with your generous support and matching funds from the farm, will make this project a reality. We’ll find out in April about those funds. Meanwhile, we’re lining up contractors and firm construction bids in the hope of moving forward once the winners are announced.
We hope this will be a nice demonstration project for other farms and other communities across the region. Composting of food waste is a great idea, and returning it to a farm to grow more food is even better. Feel free to share the details with your friends in other towns to let them know it’s happening. I’m not sure if this page is still accepting donations, but if it isn’t and you know someone who would like to donate, get in touch with me through the farm’s website – sunrisefarmvt.com.
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|Jennifer & Bruce Wooster, Picadilly Farm||Winchester, NH||December 11, 2019|
|Joanne Needham||White River Junction, VT||December 09, 2019|
|Lynne Wolf||White River Jct Junction, VT||December 08, 2019|
|Ben Wardrop||Lebanon, NH||December 07, 2019|
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|Marcy Chong||Hartland, VT||December 05, 2019|
|Debbie Diegoli||Springfield, VT||December 05, 2019|
|Amanda Plagge||Etna, NH||December 03, 2019|
|Pat Ritter||Rye, NH||December 03, 2019|
|Jen Murphy||White River Junction, VT||December 03, 2019|
|Erin McCabe||Canaan, NH||November 29, 2019|
|Jane Meunier-Powell||Quechee, VT||November 21, 2019|
|Chuck Wooster||White River Junction, VT||November 21, 2019|
|Sue Kirincich||White River Junction, VT||November 21, 2019|
|Helen Hong||Hanover, NH||November 21, 2019|
|Upper Valley Food Coop||WHITE RIV JCT, VT||November 20, 2019|
|Julie Puttgen||Lebanon, NH||November 19, 2019|
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|Robert D Haun||White River Junction, VT||November 18, 2019|
|Hannah Rommer||West Lebanon, NH||November 18, 2019|
|Nicole Hansen||West Lebanon, NH||November 18, 2019|
|Emily Davis||Thetford Ctr, VT||November 18, 2019|
|Tessa Johnson||White River Junction, VT||November 18, 2019|
|Katie Mann||White River Junction, VT||November 17, 2019|
|Havah Walther||Wilder, VT||November 15, 2019|
|Kirsten Giebutowski||HANOVER, NH||November 15, 2019|
|Kathryn & Mark Detzer||White River Junction, VT||November 14, 2019|
|Ben and Grace Machin||Corinth, VT||November 14, 2019|
|Megan Chapman||Lebanon, NH||November 12, 2019|
|Beth Harper||BRIDGWATER CORNERS, VT||November 12, 2019|
|Tammara Wood||Lebanon, NH||November 12, 2019|
|Diane & Stephen Langley||White River Junction, VT||November 11, 2019|
|Nancy Duhaime||Hartford, VT||November 11, 2019|
|Paul Harvey||Lebanon, NH||November 11, 2019|
|Jennifer Lynn||West Lebanon, NH||November 10, 2019|
|Scottie Eliassen||Lyme, NH||November 10, 2019|
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|Frederick Roesch||Etna, NH||November 09, 2019|
|Anonymous||White River Junction, VT||November 09, 2019|
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|Alyssa Crane||Lebanon, NH||November 09, 2019|
|Elizabeth Day||White River Junction, VT||November 09, 2019|
|Matt Bucy||White River Junction, VT||November 09, 2019|
|Martin Philip||White River Junction, VT||November 09, 2019|
|Rainie and Larry Kelly||WEST LEBANON, NH||November 09, 2019|
|Sandy Gmur||Hartland, VT||November 05, 2019|
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|Nancy LaRowe||Norwich, VT||November 04, 2019|