Commitment to the Environment

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We are committed to being responsible stewards of God's earth, and taking the best care we can of His creation.
In order to help prioritize our sustainability efforts
we have focused on several areas where we believe we
can have the greatest impact:
Water, Energy and Emission, Recycling and Transportation.

Energy and Emission

CFG has been proactive in using cleaner and alternative sources of energy, and as a result, we have greatly reduced our dependence on foreign oil while reducing major air contaminants. A dedicated effort has been made to utilize cleaner burning alternatives, such as Natural Gas, in place of Fossil Fuel Oil. Because of this effort, over the past few years alone we have been able to decrease our annual tons of emissions emitted into the environment by over 300%.

A hot water tank at the Hatfield facility is used to capture hot water vapor stream, and through a heat exchange process, we are able to use this hot vapor as an alternative to fuel for heating hot water used throughout our facility.

As a direct result of this innovative way to capture heat and use the hot vapor instead of fuel, we are burning 2,000 gallons less fuel each operating day. That translates into over 520,000 gallons less fuel being burned each year.

CFG’s Lighting Upgrade Project

The main objective of this project was to become better stewards of our resources and improve energy efficiency through upgrading our system to utilizing modern and innovative lighting technology.

As a result of this lighting project, CFG was able to achieve an annual kilowatt hour (kWh) savings of 8,888,129 kWh. In addition to reducing energy use, the new lighting has almost completely eliminated producing universal waste from lighting products at the CFG facility. Any waste from the new lighting technology is considered “green” and can be recycled or disposed of in normal trash and does not need to be separated as universal waste.

The new lighting provides more lumens with ½ the power needed.

In addition, Motion Sensors were installed in hallways, offices and loading docks to shut off lighting after a time of inactivity in the area, and then re-illuminate once activity returns to the area.


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Energy Savings on the Farms

We have also been working to improve efficiency on the farms, and have upgraded the insulation values at our CVFF owned farms, which has resulted in a 10 -15% reduction of propane use during the winter months.
CVFF also shares technology improvements with other farmers. Examples include:

  •  Installation of double wrap insulation on curtain walled buildings to reduce propane consumption in the winter months
  • Upgrade watering to hanging watering systems for efficient delivery of drinking water to animals.