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27 five gallon buckets

ATV with buckets of manure

Today we hauled and banked our first 135 gallons of horse manure for the year.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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What do you think it would take to make your farm self sufficient from doing manure runs? How many horses, how many acres of pasture? 135 buckets of manure is a lot. It has clearly made a difference in your harvest. The goats help some and cover crops have filled in the gap. Can't forget your humanure. Hope this doesn't give Anna too much to think about or too much math to tinkering with.

Comment by Anonymous Thu Sep 24 00:10:33 2015
Anonymous --- We're getting a lot closer to manure independence. For the last year, actually, we've been on only homegrown manure. I've had to skimp a bit, though, and yields have been a bit lower. But we're awfully close.....
Comment by anna Thu Sep 24 06:13:01 2015
The advantage of "importing" manure is that brings in nutrients from someone else's fields, resulting in a net gain for yours. If you raise your own animals on your own grass, you're only returning the same nutrients they took out of the soil--with considerable net loss of nitrogen from out-gassing of urine.
Comment by doc Fri Sep 25 06:49:32 2015

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