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Podcast 203: Paul visits Joseph and Jacqueline Freeman of Friendly Haven Rise Farm Pt.2

 
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Part II of the visit to Friendly Haven Rise Farm continues the discussion on voles, and then moves on to hanging beef, optimizing profit on the farm, bonding with the soil and being in tune with the land, teaching permaculture basics, turkeys and bees.

A highlight of the discussion was their belief in the associated consciousness of raising the quality of food beyond just growing something to eat. Which encompasses the principles of biodynamic.


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I would love to hear what exactly they have learned over the 10 years it took them to start asking the right questions. I'm learning to work with my land and gaining a sensitivity of whats going on, but I'd love to cut the process a little shorter than 10 years..

Also, about the milk on the land, I heard this is of great benefit for soil and soil life. I would like to know what effects they see from using raw milk on the soil.
 
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Listening to this podcast and I just had to say something.

I was very suprised to hear Jacqueline say that Turkeys were Dumb. I have heard that before from people raising White Turkeys, but I figured it was just the breed.

My Turkeys are very smart. I have a heritage breed called Blue Slate. They were hatched on a farm not a hatchery, and the imprinted on me while they were young. I can call them and they come to me. My chickens don't do that. My turkeys never get lost. I free range them as much as I can, however lately they have been getting predated by the neighbors dog and I have had to keep them penned up. Going to have to dust off the .270.

They are excellent foragers. I don't have to feed them a lot of grain and they grow really fast on forage.

After hearing this podcast I'm thinking that I have some pretty rare birds so I may have to go into breeding them, to keep this line of genetics going, or maybe it's the breed. Has anyone else had good luck with Blue Slate Turkeys?

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Sounds interesting! Joel Salatin also reports that turkeys are dumb. He mixes them with broiler chicks when they are young so that the chicks teach them how to be less dumb.
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