Solar powered cheese making in Castellon

ARTISAN: The Lacaune sheep of Xert produce a taste akin to sweet Manchego cheese CREDIT: Pexels

AN ECO-CONSCIOUS farmer is introducing solar power to fuel the age-old skill of cheese making.

Eager to reduce his carbon footprint in the traditional artisan industry, Jordi Benages from Xert in Castellon, has raised €7,200 from a crowd-funding campaign for the high-tech tools at his sheep farm.

The young farmer launched his bid on the platform Lateuateera where entrepreneurs ask for cash for ecological projects. In less than a month his ‘Valencian Cheese That Saves the Planet’ project surpassed its €6,900 goal and netted €300 from 148 sponsors.

Benages and his family set up the Queseria La Planeta sheep farm in 2013 to produce organic artisan cheese.

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