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  •  I don't know how they do, to be honest. I just (1+ / 0-)
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    know that there is sometimes a pretty horrendous smell when the farmers spread it (which leads me to believe it's probably pretty fresh) and that people sometimes have problems with drinking water from their wells when they live close to one of the fields it's put on.  I have this vague idea that it might be liquified somehow before being put on, but really don't know.

    "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

    by gustynpip on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 10:29:19 AM PST

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    •  They might be using (0+ / 0-)

      Fertilizer made from sewage sludge. Many places do, and it does smell. Actually, most commercial fertilizers smell to some extent.

    •  What the farmers are doing is using straight (1+ / 0-)
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      Manure, that has not been composted with other veg. matter. Manure piles do create toxic runoff; here in Ca. there are huge fines for not containing it and keeping it out of streams and groundwater. In my original comment I failed to say quality compost containing some manure that was introduced into the composting process; was not advocating a lot of manure, even then.
           Donttasemebro has exactly the right idea and I would bet has a beautiful garden and soil that is truly alive. I do appreciate all of your wonderful comments to my tiny addition of thoughts to the original essay.

      "Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, The Moon, and The Truth." Buddha

      by Grandson named me Papa on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 01:27:22 PM PST

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