Whitmuir Farm is owned by Heather Anderson and Pete Ritchie, who moved here in 2000. Like most farms, the farm has been farmed organically for most of it's 300 history, returning to certified organic production in 2000. The farm is run as a trading partnership with Heather and Pete as the Partners.
We farm organically because farming sustainably is the only long term option. Organic farming is better for the soil, the plant, the animal, the planet and us. We aim to produce good, healthy food which literally doesn't cost the earth.
System investigated: Methanogen Biogastronomy – 2m3 digester operating on 40 kg per day=14600kg per year of foodwaste from restaurant. Gas Produced-11,938 Kwh/Year = 5700£ a year. System costs= 17800 + operational cost per year=£1732
£2794 of profit per year. (These estimated figures have been taken from WRAPs report 'Optimising Urban Micro AD Networks' )
Barriers identified- WML licensing costs.
Isle of Bute- Fyne Futures
Established in 2004, Fyne Futures is a subsidiary company of Fyne Homes committed to environmental sustainability on the Isle of Bute. The charity was incorporated January 2005 as a registered charity and company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital.
Possible site: Community Gardens
Key operations: Bute Produce, Restyle, CarBute, Towords Zero Wast
System Investigated: SEab or Qube Renewables- investigating the systems that operate on 400kg per day= 267 tonne domestic and commercial food waste. Gas produced use to heat Greenhouse, Polytunnels, cooking and hot water, electricity to light the spaces where workshops are being held.
Ivan Wood and Son’s – location FIFE
Wholesale Fruit & Potato Merchants, inc Chefs Pride - Importers, Processors & Distributors of Quality Produce. Company offers the customer hand cut and turned prepared fruit and vegetables and orange juice. Furthermore they are looking to produce vegetable stock.
The company has an ambition to be as environmentally responsible as possible, and has already invested in a PV system to provide part of its energy requirement. The company’s activity produces an amount of organic waste from its vegetable preparation process, and would like to see this material used rather than being considered as a ‘waste’ material. If the material can be used to generate useful amounts of renewable energy that will be a good outcome. The project will examine the feasibility of using process co-product as a feedstock for anaerobic digestion, and estimate the likely energy generation (heat and/or electricity) arising from the anaerobic digestion process.
System Investigated: SEab or Qube Renewables- investigating the systems that operate on 400kg per day= 267 tonne domestic and commercial food waste. Gas produced will be converted in CHP for electricity to light their new warehouse and heat for cooking and heating.