Craig Dobbson

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Craig is a permaculture designer and consultant with a focus on temperate climate, perennial food forests and homestead management. He has been testing and implementing his own designs while sharing knowledge and experience with others for the past seven years. In 2014 he completed his PDC and began a larger expansion of his homestead and business. The future is bright, as long as you're willing to face it.
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Is that tatsoi  in your veggie bundle? 

Welcome to permies, glad to have you with us. 
one crazy idea might be to scrape them off with a tractor bucket along with the top 3 inches of topsoil.  Place it all in one big mound and let it compost down.  Maybe ass some grass and manure to get it going faster.  once it's all cooked down, then you could probably sift the plastic stuff out of the finished compost with a giant screen of some sort.  Then you can return the soil to the places you want it.  I would put down a nitrogen fixing cover crop in the area that gets scraped off, to avoid erosion and to help jump start the next crop.  Again... probably a crazy idea, but it would go a lot faster than doing each one by hand.
2 days ago
I just wanted to update this thread.  I have one of these puppies, well... he's 3 years old now.  He's the most awesome dog I could imagine.  He watches over our house and livestock and loves to play in the snow with the kids.  He's just a lovable fluffy 95 Lb baby.  Sorry for the super late update, but...   Thank you CJ.  Higgs is the best dog around these parts, even the vet loves him.  And, he only barks at every other thing, so that less than half the normal amount.  :) 



3 days ago
Here's a picture of what happened the year I broadcast all of my leftover seed in a new garden space. 
1 week ago
I've heard this a few times and I think there are a couple of things that always come to mind.  It depends on what kind of rabbit your talking about.  A farm raised pasture fed meat rabbit will have a nice bit of fat on it. It's very light fat with little flavor but there are a few ounces of it on each rabbit.  This assumes that you are raising them with a good feed source and butchering them at around 8-10 weeks old.  Older rabbits will have more fat. 
If you're dealing with wild rabbits such as cotton tails or snowshoe hares, you'll not likely find much fat.  Mostly because these rabbits are more active and they have to keep moving to stay ahead of predators.  It's important for rabbits to not carry much extra fat for them to breed successfully.  Fat rabbits have smaller litters, less frequently and the males are less likely to want to mate if they are too fat.  So it seems that it is in their nature to live thin to be productive.
As for starvation, you'll probably starve slower with rabbits than without them.  Food is food at that point, right?  If you're in a position where rabbits are all that you have left to eat, I'd suggest eating as much of that critter as you can.  Heart, lungs, liver, kidney, eyes, bones. You can pretty much eat all of it, except the hair and teeth.   If you're out hunting wild rabbits to keep from starving to death, I'd also suggest carrying a few field guides for wild plants, bugs and fungus that you might find along your way.  There's many insects that have a good fat profile and that don't taste all that bad.  Of course, if your starving, and hunting for food, there's no such thing as a hunting season, so don't pass up opportunities for trapping small birds, mice, squirrels, chipmunks and other wild edibles if it means staying alive. 
I really like rabbits.  They are my favorite farm critter, because they are quiet, productive and easy to care for.  Like anything else though, they can't be relied on as your only protein and fat source.  I think a good balance for a rabbitry is to have a breeding pair of pigs to provide nutritionally rich meat and a few extra pounds of fat.  There's always more fat on a pig than most people like, so I save the extra, for mixing in with rabbit meat and making sausage.  They work very well together and nobody starves.
1 week ago
Here's week two.  I haven't had a chance to watch it yet but I would really love to know how you all feel about it so far. 



Please leave your comments in this thread. And please consider going to Rob's channel and showing him some love with a comment or a thumbs up.  It only takes a few seconds to show a little appreciation for a family that does as much as they do to help educate folks for free and it help to spread the permaculture word. 

Thanks everyone.

1 week ago
Nice work Bret.  It's amazing what you can accomplish when you're motivated properly.  A new family and new land will certainly get you up and running to provide the best you can.  Congratulations.  I look forward to seeing how you progress in the year to come. 

2 weeks ago
Awesome!  please keep me updated on how they do for you. 
2 weeks ago
... when you go to see why they are being so quiet, and you find them reading quietly to each other. 

... when they can name damn near every plant species, wild and cultivated, on many different landscapes.

... when they school their grandparents on the reasons not to monocrop their veggie gardens.

3 weeks ago
R,
I'm so happy to see them growing well for you.  That one looks nice and happy.  I hope the others are doing just as well.  
3 weeks ago