US (WI): Greenhouse relies on solar and geothermal to grow greens for local community

A community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm in Green County is taking every step possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Bethanee and Travis Wright grow everything from kiwi to guava to dragon fruit at their Green County farm, Winterfell Acres. The Wrights credit their geothermal, solar greenhouse for the fresh, sustainably grown produce.

“Underneath us, there’s about 4,000 feet of piping, and so we’re having the hot air getting pulled through the piping, and it’s getting cooled underneath in the soil,” Bethanee said about the geothermal system. “It’s like being able to grow in a zone 9 space, and actually, we’re in zone 5, outside, so the geothermal really makes a huge difference for that. And we’re not using any fossil fuels beyond just the electricity for the fans.” Travis said they are committed to running their farm as sustainably as possible.

“Local food is a huge part of that. We’ve used so much energy moving that food around by the time it gets on your plate, and that’s why local food is so important because we grow it here, and then people come and pick it up, and that cuts out a lot of the climate emissions that we have related to food. And it tastes better, and it’s more nutrient dense.”

Winterfell Acres is being recognized by 350 Wisconsin, a climate activism organization that is highlighting regenerative farms across the state.


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