Goats Better Than Chemicals for Curbing Invasive Marsh Grass (USA)

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Periodic livestock grazing keeps invasive plant in check, helps restore views and biodiversity. This image shows goats in a fenced test plot eating invasive Phragmites australis marsh grass. Photo: Jennifer Brundage, Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — Herbivores, not herbicides, may be the most effective way to combat the spread of one of the most invasive… Read more »

Sheep Vegetation Management in British Columbia, Canada

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Permaculture principle #11: Use edges and value the marginal. The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place, these are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system. — Holmgren Let’s talk about clearcuts in Northern BC. Clearcuts are edges, between the forest and cleared land where fast growing… Read more »

Changing from GMO to Non-GMO Natural Soy – Experiences from Denmark

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Healthier, more productive pigs, more profit, and much less birth deformities; an important lesson for all farmers not to use GMO feed or glyphosate on their land. by Ib Borup Pederson Based on invited lecture at the 1st Forum of Development and Environmental Safety, under the theme “Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture 2014”, 25 –… Read more »

Why Silkies Are the Perfect Hens for Small Gardens

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I started my journey with chickens with two lovely ex-battery hens who were so friendly and were real pets. However, they made short shrift of my garden and tended to wander everywhere into other people’s lawns. No matter how often I clipped their wings, they kept getting out. Although I really loved those two characters,… Read more »

Soil Carbon Cowboys – Case Studies in Holistic Management (video)

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Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis — heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning on their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth, rather than run off. And these turned on soils retain that… Read more »

Where Have All the Barnyard Breeds Gone? (And a Sustainable Poultry Workshop with Jim Adkins, August 5-7, 2014, NSW, Australia)

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Instructor Jim Adkins teaching the Hogan Principles of Production at Heritage Creek Farm With the industrialization of agriculture, dual purpose heritage breed poultry have been all but eliminated from Australia with a small number of exhibition fanciers being their sole keepers. These historical normal birds with their amazing hardiness, foraging abilities, delectable flavor, and production… Read more »

Taranaki Farm Chicken System (Victoria, Australia)

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Taranaki Farm is truly a wonderful place to witness. The farm focuses on producing pastured poultry, beef and pork, with laying hens moved onto new pasture every few days. It is a great combination of high tech and old-world, using electric fencing to keep the animals on fresh grass. This style of animal management helps… Read more »

Urban Garden Demonstration Update (New Zealand)

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by Kay Baxter, PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute) This is an update on our urban permaculture garden experiment which integrates the best ideas from our Permaculture Design Course students into a working urban garden here in our North Island, New Zealand temperate climate. Our end product includes rabbits, chickens, a 36 sq m biointensive garden,… Read more »

The Meat Industry and Ideas for What We Can Do About It

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Some practical ideas about the meat industry Spacious chicken houses — a stark minority (Photo by David Ashwanden) In many countries, the state of the meat industry is fairly well publicised: poor conditions for animals (see for example 1, 2), strange and unnatural foods and medicines getting into our food chain (see for example 3;… Read more »

The Pig Farmer

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One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman — and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have… Read more »

Building the Chicken Tractor on Steroids

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Trailer only — watch full video here! "Who can weld?" Geoff asks. Keen to impress, my hand goes up. “I will see you at the shed after dinner tonight then”, a twinkle of excitement in his eye. This is the story of the chicken tractor on steroids from concept to birth.