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Beating the Duckweed Drum

March 18, 2015

A couple years ago, I had a meeting with the owner of a local farm supply store. I was hoping he could point me in the direction of local cattle and hog farms so I could procure manure for testing. The conversation got around to what all I was planning to DO with the manure. I happily talked about my duckweed venture and my plans for the biomass. This gentleman scratched his head, tried to keep a straight face, and made an effort to humor me.  Have to admit, it did bother me a little. As long as I found some manure though, I was happy. To heck with the critics.

Last year I stopped in again to that farm store. The owner spotted me and told me he’d seen me on the 6:00 o’clock news the night before. He was delighted for me. That was pretty cool, considering his resistance to the project the year before.

Today I stopped in that same farm store to pick up a few supplies. Just for fun, I asked to see the owner as I wanted to give him an update on what this crazy duckweed lady has been up to. Alas, he was out to lunch, so I gave a message to his gal behind the desk. The message was this:

“As a result of raising duckweed for the past two years here in Western Kentucky, I’ve now got duckweed projects forming in four countries.” Her jaw dropped.

I left with my purchases and a tiny smile.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. marty permalink
    March 28, 2015 8:09 am

    i just found your excellent blog. i read in your guide to experiment with DW that you did not recommend chicken manure, and in another recent post you said if chick manure used to run it through a bio-reactor and dilute the effluent.
    at another source i read that if chick manure used it should spend a few days in anaerobic conditions before releasing. that is what i am currently working towards. any advice?


    • August 10, 2015 11:54 am

      I am writing this from personal experience. If chicken manure is all you have, do pretreat it first. Results will vary, depending on how fresh it is and what the composition is. I normally avoid it in favor of hog or cattle manure.
      BTW: Got alligators? EXCELLENT manure for duckweed.


  2. March 20, 2015 11:26 pm

    She’s one lady smarter than the average man (or ten) … this girl knows how to work it because she knows her product and is going to be famous one day because of her belief and hard work! Way to go sweet friend! 🙂


  3. Anonymous permalink
    March 19, 2015 12:43 pm

    A friend of mine made a comment a few years ago: “People always think something is a bad idea if they didn’t think of it themselves”. And they especially think it’s a bad idea if the materials are things they’ve seen lying around and have been getting rid of for years.

    And, many people really don’t have much in the way of opinions themselves, they have to see which way the wind is blowing, and they just join the crowd.

    Thanks for being an independent thinker! Keep it up!


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