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post #1 of 4 Old 02-21-2010, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Question How can I make my barn Eco-Friendly

What can I do to make my barn eco friendly and still safe and happy for everyone?

"If you act like you've only got fifteen minutes, it will take all day.
Act like you've got all day, it will take fifteen minutes." -MR

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post #2 of 4 Old 02-21-2010, 01:39 PM
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im sure there are recycled horse bedding that you could use, and have recycle bins around for people to use rather then putting everything inthe trash
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-21-2010, 09:10 PM
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Use the horse manure to fertilize an organic vegetable garden for your own consumption.

Raise chickens free range and underfoot of the horses to help control the bugs - bonus - eggs! Guineas are fantastic for pest control too - they love ticks

solar powered fence chargers if you use electric fence

rain collection barrels at all four corners of the barn for water collection - make sure to get the ones that have had spigots installed in the bottom - run hoses straight to water your garden

Always keep all scraps of lumber, never know when they can be used for fence or barn/stall repair, or even to make little stall name plates :)

Reuse all old feed/shavings bags as trash bags, re use supplement buckets for any number of things (keep lids too!)

Rotate pastures

Turn barn lights/radio off when not in use

and there's heaps more involved stuff if you ever felt like subscribing to a magazine: Countryside & Small Stock Journal. The magazine of modern homesteading. Promoting self-reliance and simple life style through home food production, gardening, cooking, food preservation and other homesteading techniques

I LOVE this magazine
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post #4 of 4 Old 02-23-2010, 09:39 AM
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I saw that book at the bookstore and leafed through it. It had LOTS of really cool ideas on green horse ownership. Like giving old grain bags to animal shelters to put poo in, instead of plastic bags, they hold more and contain the smell.
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