BEYOND ORGANIC GREEN INITIATIVES
OUR CARBON NEUTRAL JOURNEY
In addition to our commitment to raising the bar on animal welfare with no cages and being certified organic by a third party organization (Eco Cert Canada), we are on a journey towards a net zero carbon footprint. The following highlights the green energy initiatives that we have taken to produce a “green egg”.
In our barns we use heat exchangers that, during the cold winter months, blow out warm indoor air over coils that heat incoming cold air. This technology recaptures roughly 80% of the heat lost in a conventional barn so that for most of the winter our barn’s only heat source is the birds themselves. This system also filters the dust particles for better air quality for our hens.
Through a net metering program with hydro one we have offset most of our electrical usage through solar panels on the barn roof. In addition to providing green energy to off set our usage it also acts as an insulator for the barn in the winter months.
Manure from the birds is always a challenge to dispose of for farms. On our farms we have installed new biodigesters that compost the high nitrogen manure into a usable compost that can be put on gardens and fields. Chicken manure compost is the richest in nutrients and our organic compost product will be sold soon in local garden centres.