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Cherry Lawn Fruit Farm harnesses solar power for sustainability

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Cherry Lawn Fruit Farm in Sodus has significantly enhanced its sustainability by harnessing solar energy to power its extensive cold storage facility.

The solar panels installed on the facility’s roof now supply a major portion of the electricity needed to maintain the controlled atmosphere for 185,000 bushels of apples and other produce.


This green initiative is not only environmentally friendly—equivalent to removing about 275 cars from the road—but also economically beneficial, saving the farm $10,000-$15,000 annually on electricity.

Owned by the Furber family since 1922, the farm has expanded to about 500 acres, including crops and woodland. Current owners Todd and Ted Furber, along with Todd’s son-in-law Eric, have continued to modernize the farm by adopting advanced storage technologies and sustainable energy sources.

This has allowed them not only to maintain high-quality fruit but also to offer storage services to other farms.