Nebraska’s Prairieland Dairy, located 15 miles south of Lincoln, is already well known locally for its milk and ice cream. The products are produced by four families who joined forces in 2004 to create a transparent, sustainable dairy, which now milks about 1,500 cows who also produce a lot of manure.
But since 2002, composting has been taking place on the site over 8 acres of land, selling to farmers, gardeners, and greenhouses, reported the Lincoln Journal-Star. In 2014, the farm was permitted to have up to 100,000 cubic yards of waste at any given time, a permit which was required after it reached the threshold of 1,000 cubic yards.
The farm was already receiving waste from local schools, but began taking on waste from grocery stores as well.
Last week, the Journal-Star reported that Prairieland teamed with a local grocery chain to sell the compost at the same stores where their milk is sold. The compost, marketed under the “Prairie Gold” label, uses food waste. Food waste makes up 17 percent of landfills on average, but 80 percent of waste from the grocery stores was found to be compostable.
According to the farm’s website, a gallon of white milk sells for $3.50, 3-gallons of ice cream is $21.00, but Prairie Gold is $35 a yard. Learn more at the farm’s website: http://www.prairielanddairy.com/