The Value of Manure for Soil Sustainability
Martin Family Farms strives to embody environmentally sustainable agriculture through utilizing manure from Martin Family Farm pigs to fertilize crops.
The natural cycle of having the crops nourish the animals and the animals nourish the crops makes pork production a great example of sustainable agriculture. Manure fertilizers can completely displace chemical fertilizers in the crop system, and they are more biologically friendly and gentle. Manure fertilizer provides a broad complement of secondary and micronutrients, such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur, manganese, zinc, and boron. Perhaps most importantly, manure fertilizer contains organic matter that activates the soil biology, stimulates the nutrient cycle, improves soil structure and enhances soil water management.