Awardee Profiles

Muddy Fingers Farm

Muddy Fingers Farm just got a little more… muddy! (in the best way!) After living on their Hector land for the past 14 years, Liz and Matthew were ready to upgrade their 1850 farmhouse. Their woodstove did the trick when colder months started creeping in, but as full-time farmers, they wanted to have a clean energy source they could count on – without all the extra labor, hassle, and lack of consistency! After taking a class at Greenstar about heat pumps, they learned about all of the incentives they were eligible for. They were so grateful to have Halco install a new heat pump system and a heat pump hot water heater, funded by the Finger Lakes Climate Fund and Heatsmart Tompkins. Their favorite unexpected surprise is having AC in the summer — “especially when you’re farming and it’s in the 90s!” Liz and Matthew were awarded our 45th grant of $4,800 (winning a maximum $2,500 Climate Fund grant) and insulated/air sealed their attic, crawl space and basement. They switched from electric baseboard and firewood to high efficiency electric heating and cooling…preventing 398.84 tons of CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere — the most carbon we’ve ever saved in any grant, yet! Congrats and thank you for growing food for our community!

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