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Oregon Dairy is a working family farm that has been in operation since 1953.
Over the years the farm has grown to include a supermarket, restaurant, bakery, and gift shop.
Oregon Dairy is notable for using green, earth-friendly practices at the farm.
Electricity from cow manure. How does it work?
Manure is collected in a large storage tank called a methane digester, and heated to 100 degrees F for 20 days. This creates methane gas, which runs an engine that produces electricity. The farm produces 900,000 kilowatts per year, which is worth $65,000 – $75,000. This amount of power could supply electricity to 660 homes @ $100 per month!
Composting. How does it work?
Oregon Dairy takes extra manure from local farms, and food waste from local schools and restaurants, and turns them into high quality compost. This process reduces pollution in our waterways, and improves soil health without chemical fertilizers.
Solar energy. How does it work?
Oregon Dairy’s solar system totals 220.85 KW. This means it will produce approximately 264,516 kWh annually, which is about the equivalent of powering 30 average sized homes per year.
Recycling. What do they recycle?
- Plastic bags
- Vegetable Oil
Riparian Buffer. What is it?
Oregon Dairy has a Riparian Forest Buffer along Kurtz Run. A Riparian Forest Buffer is a vegetated streamside strip of land which filters runoff and stabilizes streambanks to prevent erosion and provide shade and habitat to aquatic animals, native birds, mammals, and pollinators.
There’s a lot to see and do at Oregon Dairy
Check out the corn maze and playground. Schedule a farm tour, ride a wagon, pet a calf, and see the farming up close.
Learn more at:
2900 Oregon Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
717.656.2856 ext. 247