Standing Stone Brewing Co is one of eight national winners in a video contest presented by farming and construction equipment supplier New Holland. The winning prize, a new Boomer 30 Tractor, arrived Friday out front of the restaurant and brewery in downtown Ashland for use on their farmland a mile away.
Standing Stone’s video entry won a free 5-year lease on the compact and small-operations tractor model. The piece of equipment will be used for new and continuing projects on the restaurant’s farmland, including building fences, processing compost, moving chicken housing and building trails.
“We’re looking forward to putting this tractor to good use,” says co-owner Alex Amarotico. “So far, we’ve put a lot of man power into projects like building fences and turning compost and this tractor will save a lot of time and energy for our team. We are exceptionally proud of the efforts our employees showed in creating and submitting our video.”
The winning video, put together by Standing Stone employee, Melza Quinn, highlighted several of the business’s sustainability practices, including zero waste goals, energy conservation achievements, livestock farming operation and composting. The video also explained a number of new projects the farm staff would be able to tackle with the help of the Boomer 30 tractor.
Last October, the restaurant acquired a lease on a 265 acre plot of land from the City of Ashland to begin a livestock and poultry farming operation to supply their menu, as well as create a community resource to encourage discussion about responsibly sourced food and healthy stewardship of land. The farm is now home to a herd of Black Angus cattle, chickens, sheep, three farm dogs and several boxes of honeybees. By the end of 2012, the brewpub hopes to expand their herd of animals to supply the restaurant with all of its menu needs, as well as hold events and tours that promote sustainable food and farming education.
New Holland announced its Boomer 555 contest last June, asking entrants to submit an essay, photos or video explaining what they would do with a Boomer tractor for five years. Winners were announced on January 2nd.
To view Standing Stone’s video submission for the contest, visit http://vimeo.com/32939767
To learn more about Standing Stone Brewing Co’s farm project, visit their blog at http://blog.standingstonebrewing.com/2011/10/18/standing-stone-farm-project-launches