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New Film To Focus on 'Cow Power'

Documentary film examines popularity of anaerobic digesters on Vermont dairies

Published on: Aug 13, 2013

A new documentary film to be released digitally Tuesday will feature Vermont dairy farmers and their efforts to power their farms and local homes and businesses using electricity generated via anaerobic manure digesters.

The film, directed by Emerson College student and Vermont native Allison Gillette, was funded via donations through an online fundraising tool and support from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and DVO Anaerobic Digesters.

According to the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Gillette enlisted the help of fellow Emerson students to produce the feature-length film, which presents "an optimistic view of how contemporary agricultural challenges can be solved with advancing technology, forward-thinking investors, and sheer determination."

Director/producer Allison Gillette, David Dunn of Green Mountain Power, and Marie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm at the "Cow Power" Vermont premiere.
Director/producer Allison Gillette, David Dunn of Green Mountain Power, and Marie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm at the "Cow Power" Vermont premiere.

The film includes commentary from three farm families who struggled to balance feed costs and land development pressures with their desire to keep their farms going into the next generation, ultimately finding a solution with the help of several local stakeholders, including an electric utility manager.

The farms also found local and state governments, and neighbors and local businesses who were willing to pay a small premium for the opportunity to purchase renewable "poo power," the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy said.

The film also features dairy farmer Marie Audet of Blue Spruce Farm, winner of a 2012 U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award.

You can view the trailer below, or click to www.cowpowerfilm.com for more information.