About the Manure Link program
The Manure Link program is run as part of the LEPS Horse Manure Composting program and was designed to benefit local gardeners, farmers, and horse owners. The program connects gardeners and landscapers with a free source of organic fertilizer, and provides local farmers and horse-owners with an outlet for excess composted manure.
By making this connection, both gardeners and farmers will be working together to improve the health of our local communities and environment. Gardeners will be decreasing their use of chemical soil amendments and farmers will be ensuring that piles of unused compost will not be left to potentially pollute the environment.
Making the Connection
The Horse Manure Composting program is also helping to bridge the gap between rural and urban living. As urban development encroaches on agricultural lands it is critical that both communities are able to coexist. LEPS is helping farmers to be good neighbours by managing their manure appropriately and by helping urban neighbours to appreciate the value of having farms in their communities. The Manure Link program is an excellent example of this as local farms are providing a valuable soil amendment that can be used for all of the landscaping demands of an urban neighbourhood.
As a very important note, the AEMCoP states that all manure that leaves a farm must be logged. This is for traceability in the event of a food related illness, from growing food in soil. If you are someone who is giving away or selling manure of any kind, please note the name and address of the recipient of the load(s) in a log book. An officer from the Ministry could visit your farm and ask about your practices and may want to see your log book.
Benefits of Composted Manure
Composted manure is an excellent natural soil enhancer. Composted manure not only provides your plants and lawn with a more accessible natural source of nitrogen and organic matter. Nitrogen is stored in the soil and is available to the plants on an on-demand basis.
- Other benefits to using composted manure as a soil amendment include:
- Improved soil structure
- Improved drainage
- Improved soil moisture retention during hot, dry months
- Increased earthworm populations
- Increased soil aeration
- Reduced soil compaction
- Increased macro and micro nutrient availability
Apart from being a great natural soil amendment, the process of composting manure has additional benefits as well. Visit the why to compost page to find out more.