Our festivities continue as we begin our journey with the use of equine manure as an added input for higher nutrients in our compost. We picked up a load from the Clemson Equine Farm and dumped it out at the composting site to divide it among the following control piles: current compost, just manure, and a combination of the two. Next, when we have enough compost out of the in-vessel and horse manure to gather, we will begin our testing with passive aeration systems, the designs for which will be posted shortly upon finalization. This will require making three new piles. Once those plans have been put into action, we will begin measuring variables and compare the data collected between piles.
The gallery below is the pictorial story of what went on during the picking up of the manure, the dumping, separating, and mixing of the composts as described above. Stay tuned for more news on our progress!