Blantyre Farms has been recognised for its sustainable and environmentally-friendly operation, having been recently awarded the Young Environmental Citizen of the Year prize.
The farm was also announced as a Green Globe award winner in resource efficiency in 2018. These awards recognise organisations that have implemented practical solutions for clean energy, water saving and conservation, waste avoidance, resource recovery and/or recycling practices.
The farm is now eligible for the Australia Day Council of NSW and Return and Earn State and Environment Citizen of the Year award. The winner of this award will receive $5,000 to its community initiative.
According to Hilltops mayor Brian Ingram, the owners of the farm are leading the way in sustainable practice.
“This initiative generates 2,000MW of electricity each year and has removed 65,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere,” Ingram said.
“They’re committed to sustainability, using resources to increase efficiency and reduce waste. They are environmental champions.”
Blantyre Farms owner Michael Beveridge, who accepted the award from Mayor Ingram, said the Hilltops region was a great place to live and work, and it is a real honour to be recognised with the recent award.
“The Hilltop region is lovely, as is the people. All of our employees come from the area and it’s a really lovely place to live in,” Beveridge added.
The farm in 2011 became the first farm in Australia to have a registered project under the government’s Carbon Farming Initiative Program. It allowed the farm to install a biogas generator to capture methane from pig manure and turn it into electricity.
Blantyre Farms has reduced its power and gas bill from $15,000 per month to now being paid in excess of $5,000 per month for excess power sold to the grid. How water is also heated from the generator and used to heat areas for the piglets, further reducing the amount of power needed.
Blantyre Farms also utilises lots of waste products from human food factories, like waste dairy products. These waste streams, which could traditionally end up as landfill, provide nutritious feed for the farm’s pigs.
Last year, Blantyre Farms reported that it employs 40 full-time staff members and contributes over $2.2 million in wages to the local community. The farm also plays host to a number of local and city school visits.