SYRACUSE – The New York State Fair has come to an end, and with that the famed butter sculpture is coming down; but it isn’t going to waste.
American Dairy Association North East has dismantled the 800-pound sculpture. Noblehurst Farms in Livingston County will combine the butter with other food waste run it through the farm’s digester, converting it into energy.
The digester, as farmer Chris Noble explains, breaks down the material and creates enough electricity to power the farm, the farm’s on-site creamery and about 350 homes for a year. That energy will power homes in the local community.
“We are honored to be recycling the New York State Fair Butter Sculpture for the sixth year in a row,” said Noble. “We will mix the butter sculpture with other food waste and convert it to energy over the course of about 28 days.”
In recent years, Noblehurst Farms has been recognized nationally for achievements in sustainability and community partnerships to divert food waste from local landfills.