Manure Sources In the Twin Cities?

longfellowmplsJanuary 17, 2009

My annual beds are in need of some good aged manure. I bought a yard and a half (pick-up load full) of -what I thought was- a compost mix at Gerten's last year. It turned out on closer inspection at home that it was mostly aged wood chips! SO my question is- does anyone know of a good manure source that is close to the cities? I have heard that the U's ag program has a heap for people to haul away at will. Does anyone know details on this or know of any other sources? I refuse- will not- buy the plastic bags of poop -at $7 a pop -that are sold at local garden centers. Thanks for your help- everyone on here is always so helpful!

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I live in Prior Lake, I've started asking around, when I do find some I will let you know! It would be cool if you did the same:)

    Bookmark   January 18, 2009 at 8:12AM
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I get organic gardeners blend at Kern's Landscaping in St. Paul. This is a mix of compost and manure (sifted for a finer texture). You can get a square yard or half yard. I bring it home myself, but they will also deliver it for a fee. I'm not sure what the percentage manure is--you'd want to ask. Another nice thing about Kern's is that you get a discount if you're a member of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society.

One more note. I noticed they weren't open when I drove by about 10 days ago. I hope this is a winter thing and not an out-of-business thing...!

If Kern's doesn't work out, there might be some ideas at the MSHS website.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2009 at 3:13PM
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Checked Kern's website and they still seem to be operating. I see they have composted manure. The website and prices are at:

    Bookmark   January 18, 2009 at 7:09PM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

The last I heard the U is no longer supplying manure. I have been getting well aged horse manure from Canterbury Downs in Shakopee. It is free for the taking. I usually call the barns in the spring to find out if it is still available. I have been getting it for 5 or 6 years now. They do not deliver and it is up to you to load it. I know of a landscaper that gets his manure there and I am sure others do as well. I just top dress the beds with it and it works as a compost with the straw in it.

They clean the barns grind the manure and straw up and put it out in wind rows. I always look for the oldest ones. They tend to move them around so I can't give the directions to where they will be this spring. They are always behind the barns. It isn't hard to find then since there are many, many rows.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 6:36AM
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Thanks everyone! I am going with the Kerns option and am planning on them delivering the pile!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 9:43AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

zenpotter, do you get many weed, wheat seeds sprouting in the compost you get from C.Downs?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2009 at 4:42PM
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How do you contact the barns at Caterbury? I tried to find out where to pick up manure there last fall, but got no response to my phone call.


    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 9:14AM
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jonas302(central mn 4)

There was a add or two on craiglist for free bagged maunure sitting in the parking lot of a stable it was this week so maybe still there I think there was one in Oak Grove also
I search for manure also search for poop
Some had offers to deliver for a fee
best of luck to you

    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 8:00PM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

I just saw your questions.

No I do not get seeds from the manure. The only ones I get are those that blow in on top. Since it is mixed with straw there is no wheat seed involved. They use clean straw not what we get in garden centers in the city with so many seeds sill in it.

I haven't had problems getting someone at Canterbury Park. I call the general information number and ask to be transferred to the stables.

General Information: (952) 445-7223 or 1-800-340-6361

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 10:30AM
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Thank you zenpotter!!!

    Bookmark   March 29, 2009 at 10:56PM
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zenpotter(z4 MN)

You are welcome.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2009 at 6:38AM
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There's a place in Maple Plain called Tri-K Sports that sell a 1-1-1 garden mix for $20/yard. They deliver from their Maple Grove site, or you can pick it up there too. They're quite a bit cheaper than Kern's, so if you're set on paying for your soil, here you go.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tri-K Sports

    Bookmark   April 21, 2009 at 8:46PM
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A little north of the Twin Cities but Mississippi Topsoils in Cold Spring sells in bulk.
They have awesome compost, top soils and mulch made on site.
( they also sell bags of their products at a lot of nursery locations - but sounded like you were looking for bulk )

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 10:06PM
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We have COMPOSTED Horse Manure for sale in bags or bulk.

We have branded this 'Pony Cake Compost'.

Delivery can be arranged for added fee.

You can email inquires to:

Best Regards,


Here is a link that might be useful: Pony Cake Compost

    Bookmark   February 8, 2012 at 11:08PM
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Another option in the twin cities is composted sheep manure. We always have a composted pile available and currently it is free for the taking. Please email to arrange a pickup time. or

    Bookmark   August 28, 2013 at 8:39PM
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