Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2010 Regional Award Winner

 

Ellcrest Farms - Wellington County

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Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Pamela and Paul Ellis

Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Pamela and Paul Ellis

Paul Ellis got tired of composting manure in the winter months using a strip/row method, which he found messy, time-consuming and difficult. He began exploring other methods, building prototypes using augers. After some trial and error, he landed an effective design that's currently being patented. With it, Ellis can compost 200 cubic yards at a time, year-round. The composting process takes about three or four weeks, and his test plots showed higher crop yields where compost was used. Using composted manure reduces the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and contributes to the farm's efficiency. It reduces the volume of manure by 25 per cent, and saves the farmer fuel costs and time when spreading it on fields. It's an environmentally friendly innovation that "augurs" well for Ellcrest Farms.


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