Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Nothing says "Be Mine" quite like . . . manure

On the 14th I was disappointed that I couldn't think of any holiday-themed items to blog about for Valentine's Day.  But a Minnesota farmer has come to my rescue with seven loads of manure.  From KIMT.com, Local Farmer Makes Manure Valentine:

Bruce Andersland raises cattle and farms near Albert Lea Minnesota, and this Valentine's Day, he's saying "I Love You" to his wife Beth of nearly forty years, in a unique way. . . .

He used his machinery to draw this arrow pirced heart on their farm land, with manure. . . .

After seven loads of fertilizer he let his wife beth in on his big Valentine's wish.

Beth said, "I've had flowers, jewelery, and chocolate, this was something from the heart and imagination and he's very creative and very thoughtful so this was something special."

Bruce said he thought up the idea one day when he noticed just how well the dark manure showed up on the white snow. . . .

It's about a half a mile wide and in order to see the whole thing you need a plane.

So, they hired a pilot to take aerial shots of the Bruce's creation.

Click the link above for an aerial photo of the giant manure heart.  The fun isn't over yet, either:

Bruce said, "now next year we're gonna see if the corn grows a little better in the shape of a heart."

Thanks to John McKinney for the pointer.  Now if only someone would send me a good land use story for Mardi Gras or Ash Wednesday!

Matt Festa


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Matt -

For Mardi Gras, why not Brad Pitt's Make it Right project? http://www.makeitrightnola.org/

Posted by: Jamie Baker Roskie | Feb 17, 2010 8:07:04 AM

Well, I've already mentioned Brad Pitt's NOLA project once, and the fact that Andres Duany called it "bullshit." Which makes a good connection with the story above!!

Posted by: Matt Festa | Feb 17, 2010 7:03:36 PM

Maybe we need a new category for "fertilizer."

Posted by: Jamie Baker Roskie | Feb 19, 2010 11:36:56 AM