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Home Grown Fuel and Feed

Growing your own farm fuel is nothing new.  When John Williamson’s grandfather started farming in Vermont, he did it, raising oats for the horses that pulled the plows.  Now John is growing his own fuel too, raising oilseed that he can turn into biodiesel for the equipment that he uses to grow crops.   Thanks to the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and their VermontBioenergy program, farmers are exploring these options for fueling their own farms and for providing fuel for others as well.

This video shares information on what’s happening in the oil seed world and gives you links to crops that you can explore on your own. In future articles we’ll be sharing information on grass as fuel for those of you already growing that kind of crop.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


  1. This is going to upset some, but I have questions. Does the $1.71 cost per gallon include: land cost, all tillage costs, chemicals, fertilizer, harvest cost, cost of processing equipment, and labor?
    Just asking.

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