AboutHarvest.com A for profit social enterprise, all about food. Raising Earthworms to Feed the Flock Note that I have decided to duplicate the article in the Composting section, The Boxwood Vermicomposting System, so that it appears here as well, offering the option of cultivating earthworms as high-protein feed for poultry. The original article, published in the April/May 2008 issue of Backyard Poultry Magazine, was titled “Poultry Feed from Worm Bins.” Regular visitors to this site know I am always looking for integrated patterns in which one element in the homestead, food-self-sufficiency enterprise supports and enables another; in which problems transform into benefits; and in which the homesteader finds unexpected synergies—that is, biological efficiencies that surpass in sophistication and beauty the crude “efficiencies” of machine and chemical agriculture. Vermicomposting in the Greenhouse Wormbins in Greenhouse There are many options for setting up an effective vermicomposting operation. Bin Construction We lined that space with 4-inch hollow concrete block, two courses deep.
Keeping & Raising Chickens at Home. BackYard Chickens Sepp Holzer's Pigs Agriculture While most people think they are mending the world's problems by contemplating light bulbs or buying "organic", there are thousands of people making a more significant difference. And out of those thousands there are a few dozen trail blazers. And out of those few dozen there is one guy that is WAY out ahead of the pack. The mighty, the glorious, the amazing ... And I was fortunate to study under him for twelve days. Update! After watching his videos about 18 times each, and then reshaping about 15 acres of land to be "Sepp Holzer Style" (terraces, ponds, plus lots of trees), it was bizarre to meet him and shake his hand! So, just as the first evening is getting started, we ham it up for the camera a little: buy at green-shopping.co.uk buy at amazon.com The Sepp Holzer 3-in-1 DVD. This is a great 45 minute DVD on general Sepp Holzer technques. buy ebook at green-shopping.co.uk buy paperback at green-shopping.co.uk buy paperback at amazon.com buy at amazon.com Sepp Holzer's biography. So ...
Soil and Health Library RABBITS AND REDWORMS- Sustainability Above and Below! | Rise and Shine Rabbitry When raising rabbits if you have a few cages or a large rabbitry you can raise, grow, and harvest worms and compost under your rabbit cages or hutches. Raising worms under your hutches this will help control the smells and insects that can be a problem with the acculmated waste under the cages and hutches. The worms will reuse the rabbit manure and wasted feed from the hutches and turn it into a dark, nutrient-rich, finely-textured humus Raising rabbits and worms together works so well because the nutrients in rabbit droppings and the wasted rabbit food and hay contains the perfect mix as a food source and as a bedding for the worms. Growing worms with rabbits is easy, I am in no way a worm expert. I started by building my worm beds underneath my existing rabbit hutches back in the early 80s. The rabbit cages should be at least three feet above the worm beds. Placing 5 to 6 inches of bedding material in the bottom of the worm bed is sufficient for starting the worms.
Raising Chickens for Meat: Do-it-yourself Pastured Poultry Let’s get the hard part over with first. I hug the hefty white rooster close to my chest to keep him calm on the way to the killing station. With one smooth move, I turn him upside down and place him snuggly in the cone. My left hand continues downward to gently extend his neck. I grab the knife with my right hand and swipe off his head. While he bleeds out, I dry my eyes. Strangely, it’s only because I have life-long affection for chickens that I can kill them at all. Even though I have raised them for years, I never expected to raise chickens for meat. Spring Flock In April 2008, I shared an order of Cornish cross chicks with my friend Jim. In just a few days, they were so heavy I could carry only half the flock at a time or risk breaking the bottom out of the pet carrier. Genetically programmed for less than a two-month lifespan, my flock began to look elderly as they approached their eighth week. By the end of May, our Georgia weather was unseasonably hot. Fall Flock What I Learned
Joel Salatin workshop part 4 – Pigaerators | Sailors Small Farm Pigaerator Pork is Joel’s term for the pigs he uses in a couple of ways on his farm. Joel is famous for his use of “stacking” various enterprises on his farm, and the pigs are a classic example of how he does this. If you break the word down – “pig” and “aerator”, you pretty much know what their primary function is on Joel’s farm – I should end the post here! But I’m not going to – I have plenty of notes to share: – Polyface buys weaners (piglets to be raised for meat) and raises them to about 300 lbs -their first function is to aerate the bedding pack after the cattle leave the hay shed in the spring and go back out on pasture. -120 days before the corn in the bedding ferments into nothing. -a dairy farmer in Ontario using pigaerators grow long stem barley, harvests it with the seed head left on, bales it up like that. -10 pigs for 3 ft deep bedding. -deep bedding needs to be at least 7″ deep to start. – Carbon:Nitrogen ratios are important. – leverage the resources you have.
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