I always see the most pollinators/ beneficials around parsnip flowers, they are always buzzing with activity. I have a corner in my backyard that I planted parsnip in and never harvested and now they reseed themselves, I usually leave most of that area to the wild things.
Thanks for the response Eliot! I am inheriting a 80 acre wood lot that has not been managed well. It’s currently regrowth ranging from 10- 60 years old, but never harvested with a long term plan. I would love to turn it into silvopasture/ alley crop and manage it in a way that I could sell carbon credits. I can see how administration for a lot of smaller parcels of land would be a problem, it seems that possibly a “carbon co-op” of land owners close together could help solve the issue.
I’m curious if anyone here is or has been involved in selling carbon credits. Is it even possible for a small scale farmer to become involved? If so, what country are you sequestering in? What practices do you use that count toward a credit which can be sold? I’m interested in hearing anyone’s real world experience with it. Any info I have seen online involves projects encompassing thousands of acres.
In my experience with aquaculture on both home (300 gallons) and commercial scale (1 million+ salmon smolt/ year) it’s not the actual fish that cause a smell, it’s fish feed, dead fish and moisture issues caused by poor air circulation that causes any bad smells. If your water stinks it most likely is caused by inadequate aeration or using high fat feed that leaches oils onto the surface of the tank which will then make its way to your grow beds. Red wiggler worms will help breaking it down in beds but it could still have some smell.
IBC work perfectly well for small set ups and are a great upcycling use (as long as you know what was in them first!). Having them in the cellar is fine as long as precautions are taken. Foil on floor trusses definitely doesn’t hurt but there is no substitute for proper ventilation, if the lids are preventing moisture from escaping the tanks then they are also preventing gas exchange between the water and the atmosphere. If they are are loose enough for proper gas exchange then they are loose enough to allow moisture out. Even a single medium size aquarium with a lid can cause mould problems in a room with out good air exchange, I found this out the hard way, a long time ago, as a teenager, in my bedroom at my parents house!
One major concern about the fish tanks in the basement, much more important than smell, is moisture management. You will need to have a lot of active ventilation or the humidity will cause big problems with mould, mildew and eventually rot. It can definitely be done but it is important to do it right. Another option for you might be to place the tanks in the floor of the greenhouse, under your grow beds. Then they would be shaded from the sun and the earth would buffer against temperature swings. Commercial fish hatcheries in the north place their tanks at least partially below grade for this buffering effect. How big are your tanks?
Welcome Darrell, I read your book 5+ years ago and was very inspired by it. Bioshelters make so much sense to me that I can’t imagine starting a farm without one in the design, I look forward to hearing about the updates from your place!
I really like the meadow look! I’m sure the bee also do. I’m planning to overseed a wildflower mix into my zone 3/4 lawn behind my shed as well as starting a few flats of select perennials to give them a bit of a head start against the conventional lawn. I think that if you keep up with dead heading things then your neighbors will think of it more as a tended garden than a bunch of overgrown weeds in your lawn. That’s my plan at least.
Does anyone have an update to share on there Sepp Rye? Mine did not over winter for me. We had a wet and somewhat warmer winter this year, and as I’m on a smallish island we had little snowcover. I’m not sure if those conditions contributed to them not making it through the winter or not. How did everyone else’s do so far?
If you want the goose to protect the duck than you should only have one, if there is two then they will protect themselves. This is the same as llamas and donkeys that are used as livestock guardians. For best results raise a single gosling with your flock so it bonds to the ducks, that way it knows that is it’s job. In my experience with a pair of geese they will not protect anything but each other, they used to chase chickens away that would get too close, I’m not sure if the same would go for ducks.
Justin Rhodes has a few videos about guard geese, he uses one with each of his chicken flocks.
I fully believe that what you are hoping to accomplish is not only possible, but is what we really need to do with our entire food system. More localized, many less petroleum miles, carbon sequestering food that enhances the environment instead of poisoning it. I think that the Savanna Institute http://www.savannainstitute.org/ is a great place to start, also as others have mentioned, Mark Shepard’s New Forest Farm is both an example of a 25 year old, +/-100 acre food savanna in Wisconsin and a great business model for such a system. I recommend contacting him, I believe he does consulting work as well.
I think that multiple smaller food savannas give much more resilience than one huge farm. By smaller I don’t mean 1000 little 5 acre farms, but small like 100+ acre farms instead. This is important with the unpredictable seasonal weather that is becoming much more common. For example, a smaller farm in the northeast may be hit by a late frost that wipes out the apple crop, however another smaller farm 100 miles south is completely safe from the same frost and has a bumper crop. If you have one 750 acre farm instead you could lose the entire years supply of a crop for various reasons, but 3, 250 acre farms you stand a much better chance of not losing an entire crop in a given year.
I have dreams of feeding my entire island community of approximately 2500 people with food systems like these, it is not something that can happen over night, but a long term 20 year plan certainly could.
I have no experience with cotton, I’ve never actually considered it, but I have some room in my garden. I’d be willing to give it a try, I’m on an island in southern New Brunswick, zone 5. I’ll have to check out your linked threads to gain some knowledge on its culture.
I love the idea of a grey water system but I wonder what happens in winter in Canada? The reed bed would die down, water going outside would freeze and eventually back up the plumbing. What do others up North do? Is it simply a matter of only using the system in warm months? Do you bypass to a sewage system the rest of the year or have a large tank in the basement to save the grey water for warmer weather?
I’m very interested in adding a system but if I could only use it half the year I’m not sure if it’s worth it. I’d love to hear others solutions.
I have a veggie patch that is about 50 feet from a stand of sumac. The runners from the sumac have reached my veggie patch and is starting to invade, so what do you guys think would be the best solution for halting or atleast slowing them for this season? I think the best solution long term would be to move the garden, or to allow pigs to root out all of the sumac but it's too late for that this year since my garden is all planted. Any short term permaculture solutions?
I am a complete newbie when it comes to medicinal herbs. My wife suffers from Chrons disease and she recently asked me what would be good herbs to help aid in digestion. I would love to be able to grow something she could make tea from that would help.
I'm just breaking ground on a new garden plot and have seen mention of using a mushroom slurry on the new beds to inoculate them. I've done a search and haven't found any detailed descriptions of people's methods for making and using the slurry. I'd love to hear how you all make yours and apply it. Thanks in advance!
That's a really nice property you have developed, I've spent the last 24 hours dreaming of the possibilities! If I win the 6/49 draw tonight you will be hearing from me right after I pick up the cheque😎
If I don't win the lottery and you happen to have trouble selling and decide you need to lease it out or are looking for a steward/ caretaker or even a business partner contact me on here, I'm on reading daily.
I'm not very far from you and have been wanting to try mulberries where did you source your from? How do they handle our winters?
My seeds have made it to the east coast! Thank you very much Jason, I will send payment tomorrow. I am excited to get them in the ground. I'd be interested to hear how everyone plans on growing theirs out, but that may be better left to a different thread.
I've had great success 2 years ago with both sugar baby and blacktail mountain watermelons. I grew them in a double row, planted about 10 inches apart and into black plastic. My vines only crept about 4 feet, but I got some delicious melons, two or three per plant! I'm in New Brunswick and I got my seeds from Annapolis seeds in Nova Scotia. I don't love using the black plastic mulch, so last year I planted them without the using the stuff and my results were much worse, so I think this year I will go back to using it. Good luck with them, they are so much more flavourful than something you by at a store!
Is this cow being kept for milk, beef or as a work animal/ ox? How much pasture do you have and what is your climate like, the answers to these questions will impact how to best setup a place for your cow and would give us a better idea of how to help you.
Did anyone who took the course in May use an iPad? I contacted Oregon St. in the past about their full PDC and was told that a desktop was required, just wondering if that is the case for the freebie as well or if it's tablet friendly.
Congrats. On getting your land! It's definitely possible to do small scale aquaculture where you are. Im not too far from you, just outside Moncton, and I have trout in my garage. They love the cold water, warm water is the bigger issue. I watch water temps., every few days I take a couple pails of water from the tank to water the veggie patch and replace it with cold well water. I have done some small aquaponic set ups in the past and plan to again in the future, as I had good plant growth.
I also have a few acres of woodland that I got last year. I plan on doing some selective cutting to let a little light in and create small clearing but that's all still on paper atm. Good luck and keep us updated.