My name is Paul Trubey and I am the owner of Beltane Farm in Lebanon, Connecticut. This is our 17th year of raising goats and making a variety of goat cheeses, yogurt and bottled goat milk here at our farm. We started with the milk of 12 goats and this year we are milking 100. For us, the most important piece of our operation is the heath and excellent quality of life for each of our goats. Three years ago we purchased more land abutting the farm and with the help of Farmland Restoration grants we have cleared the trees and returned it to grazing land. We have designed and installed fencing that allows for rotational grazing and put in a well. The problem is that there is no electricity available to pump the water.
The Plan and Impact
In keeping with our wish to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly, we would like to install a windmill that will mechanically pump water from the well into a reservoir to water our goats and for some field irrigation. We have decided on a traditional farm style windmill from Aermotor because they are designed to function well in the average flow of wind that we have in our new field. The supply of water will allow us to provide more space and more grazing for our animals, which contributes to the health and well being of our herd. The ability to expand grazing will also economically benefit our small business by reducing the need to buy hay which has become very expensive in Connecticut and prone to swings in availability due to varying weather patterns impacting the regional hay harvest.
Beltane Farm provides locally produced goat dairy products for consumers at 18 farmers markets in Connecticut and Rhode Island.Like any small farm, it remains largely a labor of love since the cost of small scale production is high. Your donation to this cause will directly provide needed capitol to make this important piece of our farm a reality and contribute to the health of our herd and the viability of the farm. The need for small scale food production is increasingly becoming more important to people not only for our own human health, but also for the positive impacts on our local economies. Interest in the health of animals and their quality of life is growing and consumers are increasingly demanding to know the origin of their food. Your donation to this cause directly supports small farmers and local food production.
The Windmill for Goats
We have researched various types and manufacturers of windmills all summer and the Aeromotor machine meets the specification for the well depth and the amount of wind. It is also the most reasonably priced. The cost includes a 27 foot tower and and 6 foot span mill. We hope to have this installed in October. Any and all money raised will be put toward this project. Please feel free to come and visit the farm and meet the goats and see the new field! Any donation no matter how small will help! And spreading the word is so very much appreciated!