We’re proud of our solar initiative and have been getting quite a few column inches dedicated to it in various local and industry newspapers. Now we’re happy to announce news of our solar projects have broken into two more media – radio and television!
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) visited Gold Dust at the end of May and the result was a June 1st radio story featuring sound bites from Lexi Crawford, who’s been doing a lot of the heavy lifting on the solar initiative, our agronomist Dan Jepsen and one of the partners, Tricia Hill. Amelia Templeton, OPB’s reporter in the field, put together a nice piece about how we’re using the solar panels and the benefits they’re bringing back to our farm and packing shed. To read a full transcript of the story, or to listen to it, head over to OPB News and check out Solar Power For A More Sustainable Spud.
Last night (June 8, 2011 to be more specific), the CBS news team out of Medford, Oregon, featured none other than Lexi talking about our solar panels, the benefits to our potato, hay and wheat operations as well as the benefits to the environment. This report not only features excellent videography of a beautiful June day in the Klamath Basin, but also does a good job of further illustrating how we’re using these solar panels. If you would like to watch this story, head over KTVL.com and watch Potato Power.
One point that both of these stories make is sustainable farming is important to Gold Dust and Walker Brothers and is going to be the future for agriculture. Bill has pointed out before, and Lexi mentioned it again in the KTVL story, that as stewards of the land, in order for farmers to keep farming it’s important to adopt practices that benefit the ground we work as well as our surrounding environment. These solar panels are just one prong in what we do to ensure Gold Dust and Walker Brother will be farming and providing potatoes, grain and hay well into the future.
Before wrapping this post up, we’d like to thank Amelia Templeton and the KTVL Channel 10 News Team for traveling over the hill to Malin and putting together these stories about our solar projects. Thank you to all!