How to Make an Organic Slurry with Goat Dung, Pt.I

In our organic vegetable gardens we are working to ‘legitimate’ fertilizers that are non-chemical.  By that I mean, through formal extension staff as well as by word-of-mouth, villagers have learned and/or been taught to buy chemical fertilizers in place of using animal dung.  It is seen as the ‘modern’ way to grow vegetables.   It is seen as an entry to the 21st Century…

Our farmers can make a slurry of goat dung, together with a little soil that contains goat urine to which water is added.  This is easy because most of our contracting farmers have a goat or two, or can acquire a bit of dung from a neighbour.  So it can cost nothing.

Here are pictures of the slurry being used on young plants:

Two of the women coming to work in their gardens, with goat dung in the buckets that they have on their heads.

Our farmers come about 5pm daily, to tend to watering, etc.

Hum. One of the ladies is 'caught' using a chemical fertilizer on the amaranth... what, is a mystery. Was sold by a local merchant. Another case of thinking that doing modern gardening means using commercial fertilizers and other costly inputs.

A bit of water has been added to the manure and soil to make a loose slurry. The slurry is applied to each plant with the brush - made of rice stocks - that she is holding in her right hand. Her boy is following along to add a bit of water to each of the plants on which the slurry has been sprinkled.

The garden, above, contains a mixture of tomatoes, sukuma wiki, and spinach.

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With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!
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3 Responses to How to Make an Organic Slurry with Goat Dung, Pt.I

  1. Pingback: Making an Organic Slurry with goat dung Pt.2 « Dianabuja's Blog

  2. Claudia says:

    Thanks for the information! In the framework of my PhD research I am working with an Association of farmers in rural Mocambique and I guess that this would be a wonderful thing for them since they are keeping goats. Would you be so kind to give me any reference or explain the preparation process? or is it only to mixture with a bit of soil and water? I heard that it can be acid…. looking forward to exchange a bit more!


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