Friday, June 25, 2010
Manure and Farm Keeping Recognition
We pick our paddocks every other day, at least.
We use straw bedding to break down faster.
We turn our manure.
We cover our manure with special covers to keep the right level of moisture and let it breathe.
We take the temperature of our manure to make sure it is decomposing and killing bacteria and fly larvae.
We rotate our grass paddocks.
We have sacrifice paddocks.
We are solar.
We collect rain water off the roof and filter it and use it for drinking water.
We sweat a lot and go through a lot of pairs of gloves, this is a lot of hard work.
Well, lucky us: the state of Connecticut recognizes farms like ours with an award!!!
I took three inspectors on tour. One from the DEP, one from UConn, one from some water awareness soemthingorother. They apparently liked the place and today I was presented with our award!!
It is an awesome program. They will come out to your farm, recognize good practices, and make recommendations if they see things that they don't like. If they really like your practices, they give you an award. It is a great support for us to be able to call and ask questions, find out things or check to see if we are doing things correctly. And we are. YAY!!!
Here is the "turning bin". The freshest stuff goes here, gets covered, then moved and turned to another bin.
170* Nice and hot. This means that any bad stuff is killed.