The Farmer Family settled in the Athens area over 200 years ago. For generations they lived off the land as (actual) farmers, using just what they needed to sustain their families.
Today, Leon Farmer & Company holds the same respect for the environment and communities in which we do business. In 2008 Leon Farmer, III launched an ambitious initiative called “Green Pastures”. The name honors his fore fathers’ love of the countryside and understanding that “we reap what we sow”. Green Pastures seeks to minimize our company’s energy costs while maximizing our sustainability.
Phase 1: Facility Upgrade
In 2008 we conducted a facility energy survey, courtesy of Jackson EMC, which revealed significant savings opportunities. In the spring of 2009, we completed a comprehensive upgrade our electrical and lighting systems. In the near decade since this upgrade, we have seen a substantial return on our company’s energy-saving investment; it paid for itself in just three years.
Phase II: Gas Fleet
After an internal study of our fuel usage by vehicle, we developed a strategy to greatly reduce our gasoline consumption. Since 2008, we have continuously replaced our sales and marketing vehicles with more fuel-efficient models, giving priority to high-mileage routes. These investments have greatly improved our fuel efficiency per route, thus reducing our carbon emissions.
Phase III: Diesel Fleet
We are proud of our state-of-the-art tractor-trailer fleet. However, the most modern diesel tractors leave a lot to be desired in the fuel efficiency department. That’s why we are exploring the possibility of hybrid tractors, which were recently introduced to the distribution transportation market as an alternative to regular diesel tractors.
Phase IV: Solar Energy
It is our long-term goal to make our warehouses energy self-sufficient. In 2008 we partnered with a solar power company to perform a feasibility study on our Athens facility, the results of which were encouraging. We hope to make this project a reality in the coming years.
Our Local Efforts
Leon Farmer & Company is committed to protecting and promoting the environment. We have actively worked with local recycling companies for years to minimize waste and promote clean communities, as well as annual events in our community that promote recycling, sustainability, and community cleanups. If you have ideas, opportunities or best practices you’d like to share with us, please let us know.