In 2008, Countryside Conservancy in collaboration with the
Wayne Economic Development Council and the Center for Farmland Policy
Innovation launched the M.A.N.U.R.E. (Manure Agreements, Nutrient Utilization,
and the Rural Economy) project to assist landowner/farmers in Baughman
Township, Ohio in proper utilization of their farm waste. That particular township, located in Wayne
County is a small township full of dairy farms and hay fields. As project manager, I imagined the dairy
farmers in Baughman Township to be very excited about this project.
However, as it turned out, smaller scale
produce growers were more excited at the opportunity to get their hands on some
of that manure! This was an interesting project and has led to a new and upcoming program ManureLink. ManureLink will operate much like Countryside’s FarmLink, but instead
of matching retiring farmers to beginning farmers, we will be matching manure
producers (like dairy farmers) to manure consumers (like weekend warrior gardeners). The new program will be in collaboration with the Ohio State University. Stay tuned for the launch!
If you are in need of composted manure contact me for some informal connections.
In other waste news:
- Buehler’s Fresh Foods is selling its bagged
compost. In 2009, the grocery chain
began diverting their food waste to Paradise Compost Facility. You can now purchase the completed
product. Thanks, Buehler’s for
initiating a sustainable food waste model!
- Along with the Countryside Farmers’ Market, the
Seattle Mariners are striving to be a Zero Waste by setting up stations for
recycling and composting at the ball park.
- According to Biocycle Magazine Ohio Wal-Mart
stores have agreed to divert food waste from the stores to composting facility
Marvin Organics in Lebanon, Ohio
What have you done recently with farm waste, garden waste, or kitchen waste?