Category: Animals

The Thing About Bees

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Bees are the most incredible insects on the planet. They have been buzzing around for hundreds of thousands of years, and are responsible for the pollination of as much as 80 percent of flowering plants. In turn, at least 30 percent of the world’s food supply is reliant on pollination, which makes us highly reliant on bees. On the downside, too many people don’t appreciate the value of bees, plus […]

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The Power Of Duck – A Review

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A Brief Description “The Power Of Duck” is a short informative book on the integration of rice and duck farming. The book may be relatively short, however it is nothing short of thorough and abundantly helpful for anyone looking to educate themselves on the processes and benefits of rice farming with ducks. “The Power Of Duck” is a journal like book, written by Takao Furuno, describing his own rice paddy […]

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Bee PSA at TreadLightly Farm

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My PSA for the Bees! We need to revolutionize the way we grow food, and create habitat and homes for the Bees to live on site year round ( vs being shipped around the world ). We need to use the power of Permaculture to create Sustainability! I visited Rob and Karyn Kimmell’s Tread Lightly Farm and captured their wonderful wildflowers and wisdom from Rob on taking care of the […]

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Flowers for Bees – Across Melbourne

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Guide for selecting the best Australian suited flowers and plants to benefit the bees, pollinators and your garden. Flowers across Melbourne has put together a very detailed piece about the benefits and drawbacks to different types of plants/ flowers and herbs for Bees. This is a very informative read and we thank Flowers across Melbourne for allowing us to share it. Please visit their site here, they have quite a […]

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How to Set Up and Maintain Your Own Flock of Chickens

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The idea of keeping chickens at home is one that appeals to a growing number of people around the world. It’s not just that you’ll get “free” eggs and chicken meat, it’s also that the produce from the chickens you keep is known to be free from all the unsavoury “stuff” (including harmful antibiotics and synthetic colouring) commercial chicken eggs and poultry are known to contain. But if you’re going […]

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Feeding the “Whole” Cow and Chicken

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What Our Grandparents Knew About Ecology, Genetics and Ethics: “What does an animal need to have a good life? I don’t mean a good life physically. We know a lot about what kind of food, water, exercise, and veterinary care animals need to grow well and be healthy… What does an animal need to be happy?” Dr. Temple Grandin Raising livestock is rooted in so much more than reading directions […]

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Leader Follower Grazing System

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A multi-species, leader follower grazing system has recently been implemented here at the Permaculture Research Institute (PRI). Multi-species grazing has been shown to improve pasture quality, control weed growth, and enhance pasture utilization (getting the most out of every blade of grass). All of these are achieved while increasing the carrying capacity, enabling more animals to thrive off the same plot of land, continuing the cycle of land restoration. This […]

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Chickens Are Moving to the Suburbs to Lay Fresh, Organic Eggs

There is nothing new about free-range chickens and fresh, organic eggs, except that nowadays more people want them – mostly because they are healthier and tastier than other eggs. This has led to a trend in many parts of the world, of keeping chickens for eggs in the backyards of ordinary suburban homes. By keeping their own hens, people are assured that the eggs they eat are 100 percent organic […]

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Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 4

Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast describes the process after the cow manure goes through the biodigester. The biodigester compost pits and reed bed are shown and how he generates soil fertility through the cycling process is discussed.

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The Duck Chronicles

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In this episode, the ducks find their temporary home for the next few weeks. Jack covers the heater, the feeder, the water situation and more.. Jack Spirko has made and shared on his Youtube Channel, The Duck Chronicles. This series is all about his moving from chickens to ducks as poultry to work his property. Jack illustrates in this series, how to over come hurdles he encounters, how he has […]

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