Perry Hill Farm is rich with various species and their habitats. We feel we need to do our part to protect these habitats on the farm as well as else where. We not only work at preserving the environment personally, we also do professionally. Our business,EBM is about energy conservation with an emphasis on renewable energy.
Our farm is powered by a solar electric system which is grid-connected. We use bio-fuels and wood to heat our home. The farm vehicles operate using bio-fuels. As we restore our 1700's farm house, we are making sure we use recycled and environmentally friendly products. We have used soy-based foam insulation in walls and ceiling cavities. Another reycled product we have used is artificial slate for our roof. We also do the following conservation measures:
* Composting * Rainwater harvesting * Use of recycled, salvaged and locally produced materials * Waste stream separation and recycling * Use of local craftspeople and subcontractors * Aggressive PVC reduction/elimination in purchased products and materials * Energy efficient lighting * Occupancy and daylight sensors for lighting * Timers on ventilation equipment * Temperature and humidity controlled attic ventilation * Heat recovery ventilation * Recycled paper including 100% post consumer recycled toilet tissue * "Sleep" mode enabled on computers and printers * Energy and water efficient appliances * Use a clothes line instead of a dryer on warm sunny days * Solar oven * Low VOC or plant pigmented paints * Composting toilet * Gray water useage for watering plants
A few examples of sustainable living:
We shop locally when possible.
Recycle, Reduce and Reuse
Bring our own bags to the stores.
Grow a lot of our own food
Grind locally grown wheat into flour
Make many of our own personal body care products
Walk and ride a bike when possible
Mow the lawn with a push mower ( no engine)
Use the manure from the animals as fertilizer in our gardens
Drastically reduce our lawn
Aerial photo by Hudson Valley Photo All other photos were taken at Perry Hill Farm by Vicki Harkness.