Mycoterra Farm goes off-grid

  • Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

  • Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

  • Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

  • Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

  • Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield.

  • Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

  • Julia Coffey of Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Andy Castillo—

Staff Writer
Published: 6/12/2019 9:14:31 AM

Through a state grant and by working with Greenfield-based PV Squared Solar, Mycoterra Farm in South Deerfield has gone off-grid. 

As an agricultural business in a rural community, the Stillwater Road mushroom farm is eligible for grants from both the US Department of Agriculture and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. These two grants, paired with state and federal solar incentive programs and the Greenfield solar company, offset the cost of going solar.

“Growing mushrooms year-round in Massachusetts requires considerable environmental modification. Many aspects of mushroom farming can be energy intensive,” said Julia Coffey, the mushroom farm’s owner. “We are thrilled to bring our project online to begin reducing the energy costs of producing our organic mushroom crops.  We plan to add to the system in the future with the eventual goal of solar generation to cover 100 percent of our energy needs."

The farm was started by farmer Coffey in Westhampton in 2011 out of a passion for growing food. The mushroom farm grew to the point that Coffey expanded a few years ago into a much larger space on Stillwater Road in South Deerfield. The costs of operating and maintaining the greenhouse and barn increased simultaneously.

With the new solar upgrades, the farm now has a 20-kilowatt solar array, accounting for approximately 30 percent of Mycoterra Farm’s annual electricity usage, according to a press statement.




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