The Covington News - - Lo­cal sun­day, march 4, 2012 -

Cot­ton­wood Farm is of­fer­ing free com­posted horse ma­nure to any­one who wants to ben­e­fit his gar­den.

Owner Ken Jus­tice said he col­lects ma­nure from the 15 horses on the prop­erty and com­posts it in three 18cu­bic yard bins along with old hay, wood shav­ings and small wood chips. Air is then forced in through the bot­tom of the bins to aer­ate the ma­nure and help it com­post and kill any weed seeds, rem­nants of horse medicine and other pathogens.

“Peo­ple like horse ma­nure be­cause it’s not as hot as chicken lit­ter. It doesn’t burn up a gar­den like chick- en lit­ter and doesn’t smell as strongly ei­ther,” Jus­tice said. “When you put it in a gar­den and work it in, it helps hold mois­ture and pro­vide ad­di­tional nu­tri­tion.”

Jus­tice said peo­ple who want to pick up com­post can call him at (770) 316-6400 to ar­range a time. He has a front end loader to help as­sist in load­ing. The farm is lo­cated at 2120 Wood­lawn Road, Cov­ing­ton.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Cot­ton­wood Farm, which of­fers horse rid­ing lessons and can host birth­day par­ties, visit cot­ton­wood­farm­

Stamptech was the headliner at the sec­ond monthly “Ring the Bell” event hosted by the cham­ber. Dur­ing the first Fri­day of ev­ery month, the cham­ber an­nounces job open­ings in New­ton County by ring­ing a bell on the steps of the His­toric Court­house. The next “Ring the Bell” event would be April 6.

The cham­ber is also part­ner­ing with the depart­ment of la­bor to host a job ap­pli­ca­tion boot camp from 8 a. m. to 12: 15 p. m., March 13 to teach prospec­tive em­ploy­ees how to write re­sumes, dress for suc­cess and in­ter­view for jobs.

Two days later on March 15 the cham­ber and Ge­or­gia Pied­mont Tech­ni­cal Col­lege will host a job fair.

Sev­eral other com­pa­nies also an­nounced lo­cal job open­ings. To watch the full video from the event go to New­ton­cham­ber.

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