Category: Animals

Working with Predators

Working with Predators

As summer kicks in, and with everything growing well due to consistent rains, we are noticing more and more predators in the gardens. Well, I think there are more. This is great because on some days we inspect the fruits trees or berries, or almost any other food plant for the menace – and end up squashing dozens of grasshoppers like the one below: They eat almost everything, even rhubarb […]

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Insulated Straw Bale Chicken House

Insulated Straw Bale Chicken House

While backyard chicken keeping has not always seemed plausible in urban areas, the right coop design can make the process convenient for landowners and beneficial to the environment. Luckily, permaculture expert Penny Pyett has resolved noise, space, and temperature concerns with her insulated strawbale coop. Penny’s design is supported by four cement pillars that provide enough elevation for a wheelbarrow to be rolled underneath for manure collection. Chicken waste, mixed […]

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Raw Milk Available for Sale and Delivery in NZ

Raw Milk Available for Sale and Delivery in NZ

The New Zealand government have heard their people, allowing public access to raw milk that is packed with health boosting properties. The New Zealand government have not simply taken the assumption that raw milk is inherently bad, the way that many people do as soon as they hear the word “bacteria”. Instead they have made the effort to allow their people the choice. Those in NZ can decide for themselves […]

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Plant – Based Insect Repellents

Plant – Based Insect Repellents

Insects. As much as we need them, they can be quite a nuisance. Although insect repellents abound, far too few are ecologically friendly. Most are composed of harsh and potentially harmful chemicals, with warning labels worthy of any horror story. The good news? Just as nature provides us with an overabundance of insects, it also provides us with all-natural, plant-based remedies to drive them back from whence they came. Whether […]

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The Four Fish We are Over Eating – And What to Eat Instead

The Four Fish We are Over Eating – And What to Eat Instead

The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

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The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter

The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter

Welcome to The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter. Raising chickens during winter can be a challenging time for backyard chicken owners. With those dark cold mornings and the drop in egg production, it’s no wonder we don’t like this time of year!

So I decided to write this guide as an aid for all backyard chicken owners, and to answer all your questions about how to care for your chickens during winter: how to keep them warm, how to stop predators, how to keep your egg production high… you will find all the answers here.

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Elephants Find an Unlikely New Ally: Bees

Elephants Find an Unlikely New Ally: Bees

Finding ways to peacefully coexist with our animal brethren isn’t always easy. But zoologist and elephant lover Lucy King was determined to help farmers—and elephants—live in harmony. She decided to investigate what she believed was something of an old wives’ tale in Kenya: that the mighty elephant is terrified of honeybees.

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DIY Chicken Coops and Cutting Feed Costs 100%.

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Chickens are the gateway to sustainability (and freedom). If you are just starting out and want to know how to get the set up right or if you are just looking for some hints and tricks. That’s where I come in… I’ve literally helped thousands of folks just like you… Justin’s Video Trailer, view the full video here. PLUS, I’m giving away my plans for my ChickShaw and Chicken Tractor […]

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[Video] Why Chickens – With Joel Salatin (and friends).

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I still can’t believe all that chickens can do for me (and you)… I’m talking eggs, meat, getting stuff done and connecting to your food. What’s Inside the Video?
1) One Reason for Chickens (Food): Eggs and Meat. 4 eggs a week, 6 Ibs of meat.
2) Another Reason (Work): I don’t till, fertilize, buy compost, spread mulch, use pesticides or herbicides.
3) Yet Another Reason for Chickens: Getting connected to your food source.

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Have Questions, Receive Answers, How Easy is This

Have Questions, Receive Answers, How Easy is This

If you have a site specific problem or just a question you would like to have answered from an experienced Permaculturalist, please read on.

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Worm farming cool, dark and wholesome

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The importance of worms was recognised C. Darwin, author of Origins of species, in his last book, in which he considered that worms are nature’s ploughman. Worms, their associated organisms and by their behaviour play, are an essential part of soil formation and continued fertility. The lack of worms in the soil is an indication of a soil lacking fertilely and health. This situation became very clear to me during […]

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