At Sidor family farms, we became environmentalists the way all good farmers do. Because it’s practical. A while ago, we had a dry spell and were constantly running irrigation machines all summer long (Potatoes love water!). Because the price of diesel kept on going up, we started replacing it with the sunflower oil that we’d used to make chips. Then we started running our tractors with this newly converted biodiesel. Not only did this help keep costs down, but it also reduced how much carbon we put into the atmosphere. We began using this new method so much that the New York Department of Agriculture gave us a grant for biodiesel production.
FYI: Biodiesel fuel is a clean-burning, renewable fuel source that improves the environment. For more information visit www.biodiesel.org