Yesterday was a banner day for me and this worm composting business. If you haven’t seen on my facebook page already, I bought a new truck a couple of weeks back. This has resulted in all sorts of loveliness in my life, including not having to bike everywhere, being able to pick up groceries, and my favorite one of all is the ability to haul large amounts of manure without having to shovel it into bags. I struck it rich and found a dairy farmer with precomposted manure and a tractor. Yesterday was awesome.
I brought my son with me to the dairy farm, where the farmer used his backhoe or whatever it was to dump several buckets full of poop into the back of the truck. We sat in the truck and watched all the action. For a four-year-old you can imagine that it must’ve been pretty cool. Then we were able to walk all through the farm. At first this was no biggie, but then the farmer showed us where the baby cows were hangin’. As we walked through, the cows both big and small were quite nervous (I suppose it would take too much time to socialize, like, 400 cows). But when we crouched down they would all gather around behind us to try to get a sniff. It was so cool!
Driving a truck full of 1200 pounds of manure is different from driving a truck that is empty. I quickly learned that we were able to stop about as quickly as a freight trian (ie: it would take several miles to come to a stop). After arriving back at the warehouse, I also discovered that unloading 1200 pounds of manure by hand is no easy task. I’m not sure why I thought it would be easier than it was, and I’m laughing at myself now. I’m actually feeling pretty lucky that I didn’t take a flying leap off the side of the truck as I made my way up the mountain of poop! It’s important to keep one’s balance up there… Anyways, one sweaty, stinky workout and a big pile of poop on the floor later and I was done. I’m tired today, but I feel that I really accomplished something yesterday. You can’t argue with that much poop.
Here are some pics of the warehouse (think I need to expand?). Unfortunately for the moo cow experience I had left the camera in the car, but next time I’ll share!
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