Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester at Bar-Way Farm, Inc. in Deerfield, Massachusetts was constructed in 2016. It features a 660,000-gallon capacity anaerobic digester tank and will co-digest 9,125 tons of manure and 36,500 tons of organic food waste annually. This offsets 5,500 lbs. of CO2 emissions daily. The 7,700 MWh of renewable energy produced by the Deerfield AD system is equivalent to the needs of 1,600 homes.
Bar-Way Farm, Inc. is a multi-generational dairy farm founded in 1936 and operated by Steven Melnik and his son, Peter. The farm encompasses 600 acres of cropland. More than 250 cows are milked each day producing an average of 1,700 gallons of milk daily. The farm is a member of the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Cooperative.