MANY PEOPLE HELPED advance a plan to build an anaerobic digester facility at the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury that will extract renewable natural gas from manure and food scraps. Pictured at a groundbreaking ceremony at the farm on Tuesday are, from left, Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall, Vanguard Renewables CEO John Hanselman, Goodrich Farm managers Danielle Goodrich and Chase Goodrich, and Middlebury College Executive Vice President David Provost.
Independent photo/Steve James
SALISBURY — Founders of Salisbury’s Goodrich Family Farm could never have imagined years ago that the financial salvation of their enterprise would be found in the manure of their dairy cows and in food waste.
But those unlikely ingredients — with a large measure of technology — will write a new chapter for the farm and potentially others like it throughout the Northeast.
Goodrich family members on Tuesday joined Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts and leaders of Middlebury College, Vermont Gas and Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a...