DES Announces Help for Small Farms
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) has partnered with the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, and the states of New Jersey and Vermont to develop “How to” manuals and other materials to help small farms and “Hobby” farms manage manures in an environmentally sound manner.
The number of small, “hobby” farms in the Northeast is rapidly growing and accounts for a high percentage of farms in the region. Very often these types of recreational farms are owned and managed by people who have little or no farming experience. This lack of knowledge can cause a myriad of issues, not the least of which is the pollution caused by the mismanagement of farm wastes and manure.
The NERC Manure Management Education Project assists small and hobby farmers/livestock owners to understand and adopt best management practices for handling and using manure. Free manure management workshops were held in New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Technical assistance in manure management was provided to workshop participants upon request. The free guidance materials are available at the NERC website at: http://www.nerc.org/manure_management.html
The Manure Management Education project was funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Solid Waste Management Grant. The goal of the project was to decrease water pollution and enhance solid waste management by promoting the proper management of manure on small and hobby farms. DES was pleased to be able to cooperate with the NH Department of Agriculture, Vermont, and New Jersey and NERC to offer this assistance to the citizens of New Hampshire.
For more information, please contact Donald E. Maurer at DES, 603-271-3713 or email [email protected]. Additional information from the DES Solid Waste Technical Assistance Program is available online at www.des.nh.gov. The program page can be found through the program list or the A to Z list.
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