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Summer Hill Farm

We love our animals!

Doug, Brooke, and Lindsay Betz
P.O. Box 696
Penn Valley, CA 95946
530-263-2637
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Feces From Our Species

When life gives you crap, use it as fertilizer.

Llama beans

Llama beans

     As you can see, we have several animals here at Summer Hill Farm. Naturally, what comes next is several species of poop. We realized that the smart thing to do would be to utilize every aspect of our animals that we can (aside from meat, because we're all softies) and make lemons into lemonade.


     The result is piles of awesome fertilizer for your gardens! So what do we have to offer you besides gratuitous poop jokes (we are human, after all)? Well -- 


     Camelid poop can be put directly on plants without doing any damage. It is odor-free and rich in potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen. Do be careful with direct-root contact on salt-sensitive plants, however. It's a great soil conditioner! Although our alpacas Dory and Malibu live on the ranch they were purchased from as boarders, we have access to the output of all three llamas: Kassia, Jake, and Elliot.


     Rabbit poop, or "bunny gold," has the highest concentration of nitrogen and phosphorus of any mammal manure. Heath is happy to oblige with bunny gold requests!


     Guinea pig poop has the same nutrients and comes in slightly elongated pellets instead of the round balls that rabbits poop out. Their poop can also be put directly on plants without burning them, but can also be composted. We have two poopers on the job here -- Sophie and Charlotte!

 

     Horse manure is another popular option. It should not be put directly on plants as fresh manure, but can be made into a nutritional compost for your plants. It is also readily available and inexpensive! Our girl Misty is on the job!


     Sheep poop is much harder to gather, but hey, we have that as well! It's also high in potassium and phosphorus and is a slow-release fertilizer. It also has minimal odor. It can make great mulch, but should not be applied directly to plants without being aged. Although it's harder to gather because sheep poop wherever they are, we have twenty of them on the job, so we're sure to find a decent amount for you!

 

     Even chicken manure is highly desirable for vegetable gardens! The potassium and phosphorus are great for your plants. It's very high in nitrogen, however, and as a result, it can damage or kill plants if applied directly. After being composted for six to nine months, it will be extremely beneficial to your garden. Luckly, we have six... nine... ish (I ought to count them again) chickens and a set of peafowl on the job!

 

     And then there is cat manure! Kidding. Cat manure has way too many parasites to use as manure or compost. Bummer, too, because Lindsay tends to bring home elderly cats.

 

     However, since we live in the beautiful but rather controlling state of California, we will spend some time making sure we have whatever permit or pass that we need to sell this to you. As soon as we do, get ready -- we put up with a lot of crap, and we'll be happy to pass it along.

Updated July 01, 2018

Sophie and Charlotte

Sophie and Charlotte

Jake and Elliot

Jake and Elliot

If you look closely, Jack is pooping

If you look closely, Jack is pooping