Category: Working Animals

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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The Chicken and the Egg


We have the chickens around an area that we’ve allowed to go fallow for a while and grow back into weeds in the main crop area, in the broad chicken tractor system. We’re about to renovate this area back into a larger main crop area for bulk crops, bulk grains, mulch crops and broad scrambling crops like pumpkins and melons. So with 50 birds ranging through this area some of […]

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Feeding the “Whole” Cow and Chicken


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


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 1

In Part One,Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast, shows you the daily process of feeding the bio digester to make biogas. Biogas is mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. In this he shows the routines in the morning with the cows and how to ensure the manure stays uncontaminated.

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Updated – Worm Farming at Zaytuna Farm

Photos © Ingrid Pullen This update is in response to very kind and supportive readers who have read Worm farming at Zaytuna Farm and have made very intelligent questions about it and to my protracted and thoughtful review of it. The original article is reproduced under the update.

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From Monoculture to Permaculture″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> How one man transformed his farm from Monoculture to Permaculture. When Warren Brush bought a run down orchard near Ventura, California, he knew he was in for the ride of his life transforming it into a Permaculture farm. From an original monoculture persimmon, apple and avocado orchard, it’s a risky challenge to turn all this around and announce you are now also running a creamery and a […]

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Hey! It’s High Cold Dry and Windy and Doing just Great!

Trailer Only – See the full length video here Every now and then you come across climate that is not so user friendly. It’s in the High, Dry and Cold and Windy desert environment of Nevada’s high country near Reno. A place with many challenges. Sagebrush and horse trails dot the landscape. It is cowboy country. So what on earth is a Permaculture teacher doing in such a windswept environment?

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Worm Farming at Zaytuna Farm

Photos © Ingrid Pullen Worms are an essential part of a permanent agricultural system. At Zaytuna Farm worm farming has been developed into a very productive system. The feed stock we use is the contents of composting toilets and animal manures. The worm farm product is included in the potting mix for the plants grown in the plant nursery of the farm, producing very healthy and productive plants.

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Low Cost Worm Farm ‘Tractors’ For Small Spaces

Worms may not have a backbone, but they are the backbone of our soil. In a suburban garden with no manure-providing animals, being able to dig into your composting worm farm for a handful of black gold is a real cost saver and loop closer. So giving some thought to how that worm farm fits into your overall Zone 1 system — as a time, effort and space-saving soil fertility […]

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Reforesting With Goats

Photos: Ingrid Pullen At Zaytuna Farm we have been using our Boer meat goats to fast-track the weed-tree-infested forested valleys’ succession and reforestation with a diversity of high quality tree species. This is being done around the pasture edges of the valleys and the gullies between our pastures, which are dominated by weed tree inundations of small and large leaf privet, camphor laurel and lantana.

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