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Field Day helps farmers learn about energy options

Schoharie Valley Farms owner Richard Ball outlines his farm's need for energy that led to a solar array during the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm Energy Field Day in October.
Schoharie Valley Farms owner Richard Ball outlines his farm's need for energy that led to a solar array during the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm Energy Field Day in October.
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Bobby Chandler’s foray into mushroom production is growing so fast he’s exploring ways to cultivate his delectable fungi indoors. But growing mushrooms inside will require lighting, ventilation and temperature control, all factors leading to one important business consideration: electricity. “Now, we’re going to start needing energy,” said Chandler, who grew up working on his parents’ Mariaville Farms and is now branching out into the niche mushroom field. The need for energy — and the cost ...


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