Threemile celebrates Earth Day
| Posted in: Land Sustainability & Stewardship
Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Historically, one billion people in more than 190 counties are mobilized to take action on this day.
At Threemile, we treat every day like it is Earth Day.
Since our beginning, sustainability has been at the front and center for everything we do. “Business as usual” really has no meaning at Threemile, because we know as the population grows and the world changes, we must continuously adopt new and better technologies and operational practices to remain relevant and successful.
We are proud of the commitments our team has made to improve the beautiful area we call home.
- Nothing goes to waste: Our digester repurposes manure from our dairy and turns it into renewable natural gas. The digester sequesters the equivalent annual greenhouse gas emissions from 28,875 passenger vehicles. It would take 160,061 acres of forest land to have the same carbon-sequestering impact.
- We recycle and conserve water: We reuse and repurpose all non-potable water throughout the farm. We use central pivot irrigation systems to reduce water loss from evaporation and over-watering.
- Zero discharge: The farm adheres to a zero-discharge requirement, which means no dairy waste enters streams or groundwater sources.
- Animal welfare: We are committed to superior quality of life for each animal under our care, providing a consistent routine, keeping noise to a minimum and minimizing human contact.
- Green farming: We use a mix of new and older techniques along with technology around the farm to be as green as possible. We use ground prep methods like strip-tilling to disturb less ground, use less fuel and reduce wind erosion. We plant cover crops to add nutrients back into the soil and provide a feed source for the dairy. Over the years, we have increased our certified organic acreage and currently have around 15,000 acres of organic crops.
- Conservation easement: We dedicated 23,000 acres to create a voluntary wildlife conservation area, which is home to and protects endangered species including the Washington ground squirrel, ferruginous hawk, loggerhead shrike, sage sparrow and many more.
On this Earth Day, we celebrate the work of everyone protecting our natural resources. Working in harmony with each other and the environment, we remain committed to sustainable farming for today and the future.