The environment is a constant concern with the way we live. We are constantly polluting and wasting. At Freedom Woods, we are trying to do our part to help reduce our carbon footprint. We use straw to bed our horses instead of shavings, and while some people miss that wood chip smell, the straw is much more environmentally friendly. Once shavings are used, most of the manure is dumped into a compost or out in a field. Some of it gets reused to fertilize gardens, but the majority just goes to waste. Once our straw is used, we deliver is to the "Mushroom Man" for him to grow mushrooms. He uses the manure to grow all kinds of mushrooms, portabella, white, and brown. There is an article on his operation in the Morton Grove Farmers Market, the link is below.