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Sowing Seeds for the Future
By Lorenzo Arguello
Contributing writer

If you go. . .
What: Trinity Episcopal Church Perennial Plant Sale When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 Where: 106 Chapel St., Fayetteville

Digging horse manure may seem like cruel and unusual punishment to most teens, but not to a group of youth from Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville. Members of the church’s youth group filled 40-pound bags with aged horse manure dug from a farm in Manlius Friday.

were hesitant to help with the digging, said Kay Heigle, a volunteer at the church.

Once they realize the manure is aged for two to three years and has already lost its odor, most of them don’t feel so gross about doing it and are Each bag of manure will be happy to help, said Suzanne Kaercher, youth group direcsold for $5 as fertilizer at the church’s 58th annual plant sale tor. on May 7. ‘‘They think they’re digging More than 2,000 perennial manure, but it’s more like plants dug from the gardens of compost,’’ Heigle said. church parishioners also will The plant sale will be from be for sale, along with used garden equipment. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church’s parish hall, 106 Chapel St., Perennials are plants that Fayetteville. live more than two years. Dick Blume / The Post-Standard The sale is a perennial big There will also be a bake KAY HEIGLE ties bags as members of Trinity Episcopal Church bag manure at Jill and Victor hit, with lots of customers be- LaFrenz’s horse farm for the annual plant sale for the church. sale. ginning to line up hours before Money raised from this it begins, Heigle said. event will go to fund various church activities. Last year’s sale raised more than $6,000. When they started selling horse manure four years ago, Contact Lorenzo Arguello at many youth group members larguello@syracuse.com or 470-2259. Aging manure — a process similar to composting — removes nearly all the smell and kills pathogens.

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