Modular Veggie Growing with Cut Off Barrels
Text: about a 1 minute read. Lots of pictures.
This article (and the one to follow) describes our latest ideas for growing the kinds of veggies that caterpillars love as much as we do.
Approximately a 6 minute read | Part 3 of a Series
The best way to have healthy, happy chickens is to integrate them into a thriving, bustling ecosystem that benefits from their presence. The alternative is keeping them in an environment that cannot sustain them – as in the typical coop-and-run that starts out green and ends up bare and brown.
In this article, I’ll share ideas for keeping chickens as busy and well fed in a deep litter system as they are when out foraging for themselves – while also contributing to the care of the garden or farm system that they are part of, rather than being a drain on it.
Approximately a 6 minute read | Part 2 of a Series
This article series is about managing your chicken flock effectively so that ALL of their outputs, not just the eggs, are put to good use in service of the ecosystem they live within – your garden or farm.
In Part 1 we looked through this lens at the pros and cons of allowing unlimited free range and of using mobile pens.
Here, I’ll describe the advantages of deep litter and explain why we’re trialing a deep litter run with no outside foraging.
Well-managed chickens can provide eggs and meat as well as composting assistance, sanitation and pest reduction, soil amendment services, and entertainment.
But poorly managed chickens tend to focus all their talents and energy into very destructive pursuits, as you know if you’ve had your seedlings repeatedly dug up or your fruit trees efficiently de-mulched.
How can we harness all that chickens have to offer, in ways that keep everybody happy, healthy and productive?
5 minute read | Also published at PermacultureNews.org
How can you tell if a system of agriculture is capable of feeding your grandchildren?
All regenerative agriculture systems—that is, ways of growing food and other products that are truly sustainable—have one thing in common: they place at least as much importance on ecosystem regeneration as on producing a harvest, because they recognize that without an ecosystem to support food growing, there cannot be healthy food.