Category: Animals

Permaculture Animals as a Discipline to the System

Permaculture Animals as a Discipline to the System

The use of animals in permaculture design is a fundamental aspect which provides diversification of a system as well as accelerating this system towards its potential maturity. Integration of elements in a system can occur through the use of animals natural tendency to do useful work as their living function and increase the complexity of interactions possible in a way that aligns with natural tendencies of ecological reality. Animals love […]

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The Issue of Sustainability: How Veterinary Medicine comes into Play

The Issue of Sustainability: How Veterinary Medicine comes into Play

The veterinary profession is one of the most overlooked and underrated professions worldwide. When we hear the word “veterinarian” we tend to think of the friendly ol’ doc’ down at the local clinic, who gives scruffy the dog his annual vaccinations and spayed the barn cat. Oftentimes, the enormity of veterinary study goes unappreciated. Veterinarians must learn the anatomy, biology, and physiology of many species rather than just one, and […]

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Integrated Pest Management-The Smart Solution

Among the biggest challenges the present world is going through, producing enough food for its vast population is a vital one. The explosion of population forces the modern agriculture to produce the minimum amount of food required to feed the living human population without leaving too many scopes for the agronomists to think much about the environment and people’s health. You must protect your crops from the damages caused by […]

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Stingless Bee

Your Friendly Neighborhood Stingless Bee

There are more than 2000 species of bees native to Australia, about 14 of which are stingless. The main species of stingless bees, studied in Australia, are the Trigona Carbonaria and the Austroplebeia Australis. These bees are also known as “Sugarbag” after the unique honey they produce, or “Sweat Bees” for their peculiar habit of collecting human sweat. This is thought to be a source of minerals for the insects. […]

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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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