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SWITCH Open Meeting

  • 06 Feb 2015
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Innovation Park (945 Princess Street)

Join Kingston's sustainable energy community at this free meeting featuring a presentation by a sustainable energy expert, introductions, sector news, networking, and refreshments.

Biomass And Energy Independence On The Farm


Charlie Forman
Owner, Forman Farms/SwitchGreen

Charlie Forman is the owner/operator of Forman Farms and its sister company SwitchGreen in Seeley’s Bay. In 1973, Forman Farms started as a part-time calf operation, and in 1983 evolved into to a small dairy farm. In 1986, Forman Farms began experimenting with no-till planting, and since 1992 the farm has practiced 100% no-till. The focus shifted in 2005, when Forman sold the milk quota and focused primarily on cash-crops and custom farming. In 2006, Forman Farms converted to corn and other bio-mixes as a source of fuel. Forman is committed to decreasing its dependency on off-farm energy sources and is interested in switchgrass and other locally produced bio-mass as a source of heating fuel.