Harnessing wind and preserving farms: How Turkey Hill celebrates Earth Day all year long

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on April 21st, 2017


Tomorrow is Earth Day, the one day a year set aside for awareness and celebration of our planet’s natural environment. However, at Turkey Hill we like to think of every day as Earth Day. Through our many green initiatives, we remain vigilant about protecting the Earth and keeping it clean and healthy for future generations.


Built in 2011, Turkey Hill’s two 262-foot-tall wind turbines generate up to 25 percent of the Dairy’s annual electricity needs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 5,900 tons per year. The total output of the turbines is enough electricity to make six million gallons of ice cream each year!


Although the turbines do a lot, they’re not the only thing we do to make Earth Day a daily celebration. Here are few more of Turkey Hill’s Earth-friendly practices, which you can learn more about on the Green Initiatives page our website:

  1. High efficiency light bulbs reduce annual operating costs, extend lamp life cycles, lower maintenance costs, and reduce heat load in warehouses.
  2. Our partnership Green Energy Plant reduces the use of diesel fuel by an estimated 150,000 gallons per year.
  3. Our Wastewater Treatment Plant reduces use of propane gas by nearly 85 percent or the equivalent of more than 120,000 gallons of propane per year.
  4. Our recycling programs have recycled approximately 1,500 tons of plastics, cardboard, metals, and paper over the last three years.


We’re also very proud of our efforts to preserve the Earth and farmland right here in Lancaster County through our ongoing partnership with the Lancaster Farmland Trust. The Trust is an organization that has preserved more than 28,000 acres of Lancaster County farmland since 1988.

Over the past two decades, Turkey Hill has donated more than $500,000 to the Lancaster Trust thanks in part to donations from fans. Lancaster County is home to nearly 6,000 farms, 99 percent of which are family-owned. The farms employ more than 51,000 men and women and contribute more than $4 billion to the local economy.

Altogether, these efforts are part of what makes Earth Day a little extra special for us here at Turkey Hill and one of many reasons why we do our best to celebrate Mother Earth 365 days a year.

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23 Responses to “Harnessing wind and preserving farms: How Turkey Hill celebrates Earth Day all year long”

  1. diane says:

    Congratulations on doing so much to save and better our Mother Earth!!!! It would be nice if others would do the same as you do.

  2. Sue Carper says:

    Congratulations! I never knew Turkey Hill was so environmentally friendly! Too bad more businesses don’t follow your lead! You are definitely to be commended!

  3. I salute you, Turkey Hill, for your environmental concern!

  4. Turkey Hill , your the Man ! Environmental concerns and Harnessing the wind .

  5. Donna Keller says:

    Congratulations on using the wind turbines. I wish there were more out there and more businesses and towns and city would use the wind turbines.

  6. leecarr says:

    farmers are more sustainable members of society than anyone else I know

  7. caroline of Manalapan says:

    Thanks you since we live in NJ and get the pollution from Pa, Ohio and WVa power plants. Our air is better because of your wind turbines.

  8. Carol says:

    I need a wind turbine. I think I live on the windiest corner in the Boro!

  9. Lois Doyle says:

    Thank you for protecting our Earth!

  10. Bob Kessler Jr says:

    Can you imagine if all companies were like Turkey Hill in preserving the environment what a great planet this would be to live on. Three cheers for Turkey Hill!!!

  11. Joan says:

    I love the idea of energy saving tools. It would be nice if other companies were as energy conscious as you are. But I still worry about the safety of birds in the area of the wind turbines.

  12. Marion says:

    Way to go, Turkey Hill!

  13. Vera Howard says:

    You should be happy for what you have doane.

  14. CHRISTINE says:


  15. Harriet Goldstein says:

    Thank you for the information on how Turkey Hill is helping to preserve our earth.

  16. Joan T says:

    Not only is your ice cream outstanding but the way its being made is outstanding too. Thank you for my granddaughters future.

  17. Sarah says:

    Thank you TH for being environmentally friendly!

  18. sandi mojzuk says:

    THANK YOU TURKEY HILL… you make me proud.. We must save our world..

  19. Betty says:

    Its too bad not everyone does not do there part

  20. Barb says:

    What a great job you do!

  21. Thank you Turkey Hill for all you do for Earth Day 365 days a year. I knew there was more to Turkey Hill to love besides ice cream and beverages. Makes me proud to support your business along with making my tummy very very happy.

  22. Amy says:

    Great job!

  23. Jim in SOMD says:

    Way to go Turkey Hill. Great ice cream, great drinks and now, we find out that you have been green for quite some time.

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