Sustainability at ifarm LLC

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At ifarm we do our best to emulate the practices that made 19th century family farmers successful. Sustainability and energy conservation were extremely important practicalities in the past. They are even more important in a world of seven billion people.

ifarm is dedicated to sustainability in a number of ways.

Solar Power

Our electricity use is offset by a solar array installed in 2014. Each year we generate around 10,200 kWh (about what an average American residential home uses annually x). The lion’s share of this energy is sold back to the grid. We have also built a solar dryer to dry our herbs using the heat of the sun.

Permaculture (Permanent Agriculture)

Permaculture is a mixture of sustainable design and agriculture. Our garden design (incorporating over 200 different species) conserves water, utilizes sunlight on many levels, naturally reseeds itself, and uses companion plants to help repel pests and boost the soil health.

Sustainable Architecture

19th century farmers understood sustainable design! The Towne farmhouse, constructed in 1790, faces south to soak up the warmth of the sunlight. The barn has a root cellar, built ca. 1870, in which the temperature remains above freezing during the winter. A water tower, constructed on the property ca. 1900, can store over 3,000 gallons water, which we anticipate using to irrigate crops via drip-line.