The Polk SWCD* has organized a free service that can benefit livestock owners and gardeners. The Manure Exchange Service List helps connect gardeners and landowners searching for sources of local, free, manure/compost with livestock owners and managers that have excess fresh and composted manure.
The purpose of this initiative is to work in conjunction with the local Agricultural Water Quality Plan to remove a potential source of water pollution from farms. The Manure Exchange Service can also be a resource for others in the community seeking a nearby source for fresh fertilizer. It is a great way to recycle local natural resources.
If you are looking for manure, download the supplier list here (only available for Marion County at this time). and call one of the providers nearest you to schedule a pick-up.
If you are interested in being listed on the new Polk Manure Exchange Service List, please complete the provider listand email it to email@example.com. Once we receive your completed form we will either call or e-mail you to verify the information and then your name will be placed on the list of local manure providers.
Participants should also consider advertising their manure in other places besides on the Polk SWCD provider list. Some manure providers have had additional success by posting on Facebook group pages, such as gardening and community groups and posting ads on Craiglist.
Caveat Emptor: The individuals on the Polk SWCD exchange list list are not commercial composters. Their Manure/Compost is not certified to be “weed free” or “certified organic”- no guarantees apply. Providers are not responsible to pay your hauling costs or any costs associated with vehicle/dump-truck rentals, etc. This is a goodwill – community network project so please be considerate of those participating in this service.
* The Polk SWCD would like to thank Marion SWCD for their support in getting this project started in Polk County!*