Brent Coffee lives in Northern Arkansas where he and his family are building a small subsistence farm. he shares my passion for one day living ‘off-the-grid’ and raises almost all of what he and his family consumes throughout the year from fruits and vegetables to cattle, even the goat milk that they drink is provided by the herd he maintains.
As I was speaking with him, he showed me how he is recycling the manure that comes from his farm. Each year when he cleans out his stalls in his barn (built almost exclusively from recycled barn wood from an old dilapidated barn he found), he piles the manure in one of his raised beds. Then he begins treating the manure in the fall with Monty’s Liquid Carbon.(available here) By the spring, what once was hard-packed cakes of manure and fodder is rich, loose, arable soil.
Learn more by watching this video.Brent Coffee Makes His Own Dirt for Raised-Bed Gardens