Today marked the beginning of yet another step toward sustainability for Whitmore Farm, as we began the installation of a 27.9 kW solar PV system. Whitmore Farm is a 30-acre gem in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains. The owners, Kent Ozkum and William Morrow, have been resurrecting the historic farm in Emmitsburg, Maryland for nearly a decade, renovating a 250-year-old homestead while growing heritage-breed livestock and organic produce.
Sustainability is a touchstone for the farm – their animals, including chickens, goats, hogs and sheep are pastured and grass-fed without hormones or antibiotics, and their vegetables are grown organically. Ozkum and Morrow have become an integral part of the locavore community, selling direct from the farm and at local farmers markets. Their products also make their way to the stunning menus of award-winning Maryland restaurants including James Beard Award nominee and Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio’s VOLT in Frederick and Baltimore’s Woodberry Kitchen, which made the Washingtonian’s 100 best-of list this year.
The farm has been purchasing wind power for the last few years, and aims to have all-renewable power with this addition. The solar array, with 119 Sharp brand modules, will provide approximately 40-50% of the farm’s electricity from the roof of the barn. We estimate a five-year payoff for the system. Wonder what that equals in egg production?