Raising animals can provide environmental benefits and economic vitality to a piece of property. Goats, for example, can assist with brush management, provide manure that can be used as a soil amendment while also producing marketable milk and cheese. Raising livestock is also a means of diversifying an operation because it complements many other practices. But raising animals comes with varying characteristics that should be considered prior to getting started.
Manure Exchange Service
Marion SWCD has organized a free service that can benefit livestock owners and gardeners. The Manure Exchange Service List helps connect gardeners and landowners searching for sources of local, free, manure/compost with livestock owners and managers that have excess fresh and composted manure.
The purpose of this initiative is to work in conjunction with the local Agricultural Water Quality Plan to remove a potential source of water pollution from farms. The Manure Exchange Service can also be a resource for others in the community seeking a nearby source for fresh fertilizer. It is a great way to recycle local natural resources.
If you are looking for manure, download the supplier list here and call one of the providers nearest you to schedule a pick-up.
If you are interested in being listed on the Manure Exchange Service List, please complete the provider sign-up form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your completed form we will either call or e-mail you to verify the information and then your name will be placed on the list of local manure providers.
Participants should also consider advertising their manure in other places besides on the Marion SWCD provider list. Some manure providers have had additional success by posting on Facebook group pages, such as gardening and community groups and posting ads on Craiglist.
The individuals on the MESL list are not commercial composters. Their Manure/Compost is “not certified to be “weed free” or “certified organic”- no guarantees apply. Providers are not responsible to pay your hauling costs or any costs associated with vehicle/dump-truck rentals, etc. This is a goodwill – community network project so please be considerate of those participating in this service.
O2Compost is for everyone who is interested in supporting sustainable agriculture by properly managing manure and other organic residuals through the use of aerated composting principles.
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