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(19 April 2014)  My name is Tim Bondy and the owner of this website.  As of Jan 1st, 2014 we moved to a different domain.  Please head over to the Bondy Blogs Website at  Different address, different system but same type of great articles, photos, stories and information. 

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Farming of a Different Kind - Wind

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Madame, bear in mind, that Princes govern all things--save the wind.
Quote by Victor Hugo

Bennett Creek and Hot Springs Windfarm - Idaho


For the last 2 months or so I have been seeing the big towers in the distance. As I'm leaving Mountain Home AFB traveling back to town, the sun hits the white towers sitting at a distance of about 22 miles as the crow flies. They are easily recognizable as wind mills but I knew very little about them. So on Saturday May 3rd, 2008 I decided to find out more about our area's newest farming product...Energy! My destination was the Bennett Creek and Hot Springs Windfarms.

Look at the wind mill from a distance only


Getting a Close Look
To get a close up look, one just needs to drive east from Mountain Home on Interstate 84. Get off on Exit 99 head east on the Old Oregon Trail Road. Follow your eyes and the road and you'll eventually pull up to the first group of wind mills within 20 minutes. There are two groups of 10 wind mills each sitting in a farmers field. There are signs tell you not to get too close without prior permission but stopping along side the road was enough for me. Unfortunately the wind mills were not in action on the day I was there. I'm sure it would be quite impressive to watch these things in full motion.

Impressive windmill near Mountain Home, Idaho



Size of the New Crops
- Each wind mill is about 400 feet tall and are pretty impressive when standing just 30 yards away.
- During full operations this new farm is suppose to be capable of providing enough power for almost 9,000 households.
- For the scientific types, the total energy output will be around 42,000 kilowatts.
- Traditional farming continues undisturbed during energy production. Talk about agricultural multi-tasking.

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