What do local horse farms do with all their accumulated manure?
Regularly scheduled pickups from Sweet Peet, a professional manure-removal company based in Pawling, are many horse farm operators’ manure-removal system of choice. Sweet Peet collects manure, which is completely reused as mulch and compost and sold in farm and garden stores.
Kristen Carollo, owner and head trainer of Courtyard Farm in Bedford, says while Sweet Peet picks up most of hers, she also composts manure from the fields of her retired horses. “I use it around the farm for fertilizer for my flower and vegetable gardens,” she says. Bedford resident Susan Roos, along with her business partner, John Flaherty, own CommonSenseComposting, an advanced composting system that turns dung into liquid gold—or something almost as valuable.
Confronted with what to do with the manure from her own four horses, her proprietary design transforms a load of organic matter into usable fertilizer in as little as four weeks. The system is completely self-contained, Roos says, and requires minimal maintenance. Shut the door and let the system run, turning manure into compost tea—a powerful organic fertilizer. No need to turn the poop over and over again with a pitchfork.
Bedford Town Code Ordinances 125-25 and 125-78, which deal with keeping livestock, require manure-storage areas to be a minimum of 50 feet from any property line and 150 feet from any residence. Be aware however, neighbors may lodge an objection, as horse, goat, donkey, and even chicken waste’s proximity to a water source can become a contestable issue between neighbors.