Connecticut dairy farmer turning manure into cash

NORTH CANAAN, Conn. — Beyond the Freund Farm’s picturesque market, boasting fresh tomatoes and homemade apple pies, is a working dairy farm, complete with a half-acre lagoon brimming with cow manure.

But when owner Matt Freund peers into his manure pool, he doesn’t see smelly waste. He sees 800,000 gallons of opportunity in the form of what he calls “poop pots.”

Through Connecticut’s Agricultural Businesses Cluster, the Freund Farm in East Canaan secured a $72,000 federal grant to continue its development of biodegradable planting pots made almost entirely of cow manure.

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