Small Farms for Clean Water: Compost Education to Encourage Sustainable Manure Management
An EPC Pollution Recovery Fund (PRF) project - Small Farms for Clean Water: Compost Education to Encourage Sustainable Manure Management - was awarded to the University of Florida in 2017, through the Hillsborough County UF/IFAS Extension office. The project was recently featured on the Feedstuffs website. EPC awarded $15k to the project which promotes best management practices for manure storage and composting for small / hobby horse farms in Hillsborough County. The university will use a portion of the funds to develop short videos for social media dissemination and to create an online clearinghouse of fact sheets and tips for sustainable small farm management. The overall goal of the project is to reduce nutrient and bacteria loads to Hillsborough County water bodies. They will also conduct public education clinics for local 4H and Future Farmers of America (FFA) groups with an emphasis on proper methods for onsite manure composting.