June's issue of American Agriculturist announced that free workshops on making biodiesel from waste vegetable oils will held this late this summer and fall at Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pa.
No dates have been set yet. But Matthew Steiman, farm manager at Wilson's Fulton Center for Sustainable Living will host a series of biodiesel training workshops. The farm converts waste fryer oil to biodiesel fuel in 50 gallon batches. It has been using the farm-made fuel to power trucks, pumps and a tractor for three years.
Steiman is planning workshops for about 70 farmers. They'll receive reading materials and intensive instruction on safe and effective biodiesel production. The project is funded by a grant from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under the umbrella of U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Interested farmers should contact Steiman at(717) 264-4141, Extension 3247, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more background on biodiesel and biodiesel Web site links, go to www.wilson.edu/biodiesel.
A sampling from that site
Anyone willing to read, practice and tinker should be able to make biodiesel. It does require some trial and error to gain confidence with the process. If you can run a farm, you should be able to make the fuel from waste grease - assuming you can gather sufficient quantities to make it worthwhile.
Recommended reading includes the books "From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank" by Josh Tickell, and the "Biodiesel Homebrew Guide" by Maria Alovert. Also check out the following sites:
- www.biodieselcommunity.org - Everything you need to know to get started making your own biodiesel, including how to build a processing machine step by step.
- biodiesel.infopop.cc - Online discussion board for biodiesel veterans and novices: where to find the answers to most any question about biodiesel.