Solar Grazing – Vegetation Abatement Project


Solar Grazing - Vegetation Abatement Project

(Theme 2 – Energy, Theme 5 – Food)

Organization: EDF Renewables (Galetta) and Shady Creek Lamb Co. (Kinburn) Partrnership

Timeline for Completion: Started 2017 Ongoing

Objective:

Sheep farmers, solar company form powerful partnership – Growing flock gets a place to graze while keeping weeds away from solar panels

What started as an idea to find extra grazing for our sheep has turned into a new direction and focus for our farm. Starting with a successful pilot project in the fall of 2017, Shady Creek has partnered with a local solar power installation to provide the site maintenance — replacing mechanical mowing and herbicide use with natural grass removal through sheep grazing.
Grazing a solar site builds soil health, captures carbon, protects soil from erosion (through promotion of sod-forming plant species), promotes biodiversity and protects pollinator habitat, all while producing nutrient-dense food and renewable fibre and energy on the same acre.
Our ewes spend the spring, summer, and fall at the site — where they give birth under the watchful eye of our guardian dogs. All lambs are raised on grass with the flock and are marketed through special sales in the fall.

Summary:

Contact Us:

Email: kinburnsheep@gmail.com
Tel: 613-913-4994


Contact Information:

Project entered on: July 1, 2019 at 11:02 am


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