Mark Ruffalo is as green on the inside as his character in Marvel’s recent “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is on the outside. When he kicked off his 100% campaign in New York City, he highlighted 5 Spoke Creamery for making the switch to 100% solar energy.
5 Spoke Creamery goes 100% for many things. From the beginning, we have used 100% raw milk with cows that are 100% hormone, antibiotic, and pesticide free. It was not until recently, however, that we decided to go 100% solar.
We knew that switching to 100% renewable energy would be the right thing to do, but we never dreamed of how easy it would be. Financing is perhaps the largest obstacle for people who would like to make the change to solar energy–especially for smaller businesses like us. However, organizations like Energize NY and NYSERDA made the entire transition practical, easy, and affordable. As Mark Ruffalo said in his speech,
“Any impediments that we thought up until now [that] were in our way are no longer in our way. We have the financing, we can lease, [and] we are moving towards policy changes. 100% is now. It’s today.”
We hope that our experience can pave the way for others to make the switch. Not only does making the switch help the environment in the long term, it’s very affordable in the short term. We pay back our PACE– Property Assessed Clean Energy- loan with our property taxes, so we have access to the loan money upfront. This allows us to use the money right away to expand our business. It is truly a win-win situation.
To quote Mark Ruffalo, “100% is about creating your own destiny… Whoever controls your energy controls your destiny.” We can now create the dairy operation we envision, without worrying about the incredibly high energy costs that would normally entail.
At 5 Spoke Creamery, we believe that like riding a bike, balance is the key to a healthy lifestyle.
Our mission is to promote sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly practices like bike riding while encouraging eating farmstead, raw milk cheese as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Our decision to become farmstead cheese makers was driven by Alan's passion for artisanal cheeses he discovered while working in Holland.
We are now the proud owners of a 100+ year old dairy farm just 1 hour from NYC. And, we recently became 100% solar powered, harkening back to the days when the only power on the farm was provided by the wind.
From time to time we will share stories and pictures reflecting our passion for amazing cheeses, information about raw milk and life on the farm .